DC has two words for fighters who say Lesnar shoving was staged
Mixed martial arts is not fully a real sport. You don't get into the Super Bowl because you sell the most branded apparel, but in MMA, sometimes you do. Brock Lesnar lost back to back fights in 2010-2011. He returned in 2016 and had a fight that was changed to a No Contest due to failing a PED test. Although his arm was raised, the term No Contest means what it says.
Now Lesnar gets a title shot for the baddest man on the planet vs. the dadest man on the planet, UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The announcement was made in the Octagon post-fight at UFC 226; it was full shoving and swearing that was not as real as it gets.
Brock Lesnar storms the Octagon and pushes Daniel Cormier 😱July 8, 2018
A number of fighters were not impressed.
That was a wrestlemania 2018 promo on steroids! Lol what is going on in MMA today 🤦🏾♂️People night forget that we actually play for keeps on that octagon! Ain’t no scripts for the fights!! #UFC226— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) July 8, 2018
That was the lamest fake confrontation ever..— Brian Camozzi (@BrianCamozzi) July 8, 2018
That confrontation was so uncomfortable #ufc226— Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) July 8, 2018
Cormier defended the antics at the post-fight press conference.
“‘Staged, they’re idiots’ — fine,” said Cormier, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “Stay broke. You’ve got a guy like Brock Lesnar in front of you and you don’t go crazy on him? Are you crazy? Brock is a pro wrestler, he does fake fighting. So I will do fake fighting with you until I put my fist upside your face. I’ll do fake fighting with you, Brock. And then I’ll punch you upside your head.
“So yeah, yeah. You guys call it fake online. I see a bunch of fighters. ‘Oh, it’s so fake, I don’t want to watch this.’ Tune in and keep lacing my pockets. You’ve guys gotta get on board. These guys get on the microphone after their fights and say, ‘Yeah, it’s whatever the UFC decides.’ OK.”
“When Brock was wrestling in WWE, he was always great to me and my family. We’d go to the matches, he’d take pictures with my kids. I guess when you step in the Octagon, your emotions are raised a little bit and Brock pushed me. And then Rosendo [Sanchez, boxing coach] pushed him, which was absolutely crazy. Because Rosendo is like 5-foot-nothing. But that’s what my team does for me.”
“You know me, I love [pro] wrestling. I watched some WWE stuff this weekend. I watched WrestleMania back in the day. I love it. I think it’s great. But look, Brock Lesnar is the champion of the WWE. So, when he comes over here, there’s no script. There’s no Vince McMahon saying, ‘Hey DC, easy on the punches.’ There’s no Braun Strowman where if Brock punches him hard on purpose he isn’t gonna respond. The moment Brock Lesnar punches me, I’m gonna get in his ass. And we’re gonna have him running across that Octagon like a lot of other dudes did. So he can be big and bad and tough right now. But once that cage door closes, he’s gonna have to answer for his words. And he’s definitely gonna have to answer for that shove.”
And there was a plus side! After Cormier lost Jones at UFC 214, he shed tears. The resulting memes were unkind.
This time, DC had no time to break down, albeit this time it would have been with with joy.
“So in that sense, Brock Lesnar stopped me from crying in the Octagon again,” said Cormier. “He kind of distracted me from saying all that stuff and that would have made me cry again. I don’t need to be another meme.”