WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier had a very WWE-esk style of promotion for their upcoming UFC heavyweight title fight earlier next year.
Cormier won the UFC Heavyweight Title at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 by defeating Stipe Miocic via knockout in the main event. He’s now the second man in the history of UFC to hold two titles in different weight classes simultaneously, as he also holds the promotion’s Light Heavyweight Title.
After defeating Miocic, Cormier called Lesnar into The Octagon. Lesnar entered and shoved the newly-crowned champ. The two engaged in a verbal and physical altercation, and UFC President Dana White announced at the post-fight press conference that Cormier vs. Lesnar will be the next fight for the heavyweight throne. “The Beast” is eligible to return to UFC in January after serving out his suspension with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Monday Night RAW commentator Jonathan Coachman was recently a guest on Busted Open Radio, and revealed that a source close to the situation at UFC 226 told him that Lesnar was actually upset with how pro wrestling-inspired, Cormier’s approach to the confrontation was:
“This is a true story before we get too far away from it,” Coachman said. “I kinda say this not to take a dig at people who say ‘I’ve got these rumors, I got these real stories.’ I got this from a direct source, this is 100% fact.”
“When Brock Lesnar came into the Octagon and he shoved Daniel Cormier, I said to my source who I was talking to — who was there and was backstage. I said, ‘man [Lesnar and Cormier] had to have talked about that. They had to have.’
“He was like, ‘[Lesnar] was so pissed because Cormier made it so WWE.’ Brock was so mad that he did it that way. That shove was real, it wasn’t planned, it wasn’t talked about. Him [Lesnar] coming in [the cage] was, but the shove that everyone says was so WWE — Brock didn’t want it that way. Brock wanted it just on that fine line.’