Daniel Cormier revealed parts of his UFC altercation with Brock Lesnar were expected. Other parts, like the push that garnered a lot of attention, was not.
After Daniel Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship, he was challenged in the Octagon by Brock Lesnar who was sitting cageside during the event. Suggesting Lesnar had subtly egged him on before the fight, Cormier realized what he needed to do after winning the title.
Cormier explained during an interview with Steve Austin, "you and I know from being around Brock Lesnar, when Brock Lesnar shows up, most times he's looking for a fight, right? He ain't just coming to watch the UFC." With that already in the back of Cormier's mind, he was well aware of Lesnar's presence in the arena. Cormier said he was not used to waiting for his opponent to make his way to the ring and while he did so, he was pacing back and forth. "I look through the Octagon, and Brock Lesnar is just staring at me."
Trying to stay focused on the fight he's about to have Cormier said, "I don't have time to be worried about Brock smirking at me and sh*t right now. So I look over there and he's standing there and kind of like looking at me like, you know [if] you get this done, it's go time."
Cormier suggested he had no intention of originally calling out Lesnar but remembering how bothered he was by Lesnar's disrespect prior to the bout, Cormier said, "After the fight, I was like, get in here. You're here for a fight, we'll give you a fight."
Cormier said calling Lesnar out and Lesnar coming into the ring was not a shock. What did surprise him was how quickly he'd forgotten Lesnar was so big. Had he remembered that and known he was going to get pushed, it wouldn't have looked so terrible as Cormier would have dug his feet in.
Cormier wanted a good visual with the two facing off. What he got instead was not what he expected.