"Yeah, you're drunk, but everybody's drunk", Cormier said in response to Lesnar's physicality.
For now though, Cormier has firmly inserted himself into the "Greatest Of All-Time" conversation along with the likes of St. Pierrer and UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
Gold was also supposed to be on the line in the co-main event as featherweight kingpin Max Holloway was expected to face off with undefeated challenger Brian Ortega.
As for Miocic, his ability to stop Cormier from taking the fight to the ground will probably be a big indicator on his ability to stifle the light heavyweight champion and force him into a striking battle on the feet. "People say that just because two champions are fighting it's a superfight".
"Every person I fight is bigger than me", Cormier said.
Cormier has been such a dominant force with his grappling throughout the course of his career that it's hard to see how that doesn't become a huge factor in this fight. "DC, I'm coming for you, mother*****r!" The first was Conor McGregor, who accomplished the feat in late 2016.
A win over Miocic would go a long way toward proving Cormier's claim.
Miocic, of Cleveland, landed a handful of right hands in the fight, but Cormier's hand speed stood out. The light heavyweight champion was given a firm warning from the referee. For only the third time in the UFC's 25-year history, a reigning champion will fight a reigning champion from another weight class at UFC 226. Moments later, the two heavyweights tied up in the center of the cage. Miocic was the most dominant heavyweight champion in the history of the UFC's most tumultuous division, defending his belt a UFC-record three times.
The show capped the UFC's annual International Fight Week in early July in its hometown.
Lewis (20-5) earned an easy decision victory practically by default when Ngannou (11-3) seemed uninterested in engaging amid heavy boos. Pettis (21-7) staggered his larger opponent with a right hand before winning for just the third time in eight fights since 2014. I haven't lost a fight at heavyweight.