"Going into that fight, we knew he was gonna be long and was gonna be a tough opponent", Lewis said of Volkov, who brought a six-fight winning streak into the UFC 229 matchup. "I've been through so much stuff that I hope even my enemies wouldn't have to go through".
Lewis turned his back to Cormier and he secured his neck and forced a tap via a rear-naked choke.
Jones has ruled out a trilogy, and Cormier's next challenger will surely give him a better fight than Lewis. "I get to look at this again", Cormier said.
With two belts draped around his shoulders, Cormier was in typically fine form and with retirement looming, the 39-year-old doubled down on his desire to secure one last payday against the former UFC heavyweight champion and crossover pay-per-view superstar, Brock Lesnar. I think when you get into doing things that have never been done before that ensure I will always be thought of when you think about the greatest fighters of all time.
The closest Cormier came to defeat on Saturday was apparently early on fight day, when he claims he threw out his back. due to a sneeze.
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"Bring that belt with you when you come to my house", said Cormier, who has vowed to retire at age 40.
Cormier's last fight ended with theatrics after he called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout. Now with his suspension served, the path is clear for Lesnar to return. He secured top control on Lewis where he landed short shots to Lewis.
"The Black Beast" slips to 21-6 overall (with 1 no contest), and saw a three-fight win streak snapped. But, as happened in the first round, Cormier grabbed a single leg and swept Lewis to his back.