NEW YORK – Daniel Cormier said he sees through the "facade" of Derrick Lewis and knows his UFC 230 opponent is not serious when saying "DC" is afraid of Jon Jones.
UFC 230 Open Workouts took place today. and Lewis (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was the first to arrive. During his thought with reporters The Black Beast claimed that the reason why Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is battling against him is because he is "afraid" of Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC ) Has. and do not want to fight him a third time after he did not win the first two fights.
Cormier, the current heavy and light heavyweight UFC champion, was asked to respond to Lewis' comment on the situation, and he said it's impossible for his aspiring enemy to actually believe his statements based on reality.
"I've never offered to fight Jon Jones," said Cormier Reporter, including MMAjunkie, following his open UFC 230 practice. "Nobody told me to fight Jon Jones. I think Derrick has said it himself that some of the things (he says) that you salt with salt are some of the things you believe in what he says. He is just a bull (expletive).
UFC 230 will take place on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cormier vs. Lewis runs the pay-per-view main card after the headers on FS1
Regardless of whether he makes truthful statements or not, Cormier said he had the utmost respect for his challenger. "DC" said he had conducted thorough research on Lewis in the run up to their fight, and the fact that he had moved from prison to a UFC title fight a few years later is quite admirable, the champion said. 19659002] Although Cormier is a strong favorite at UFC 230 and many believe that Lewis can not test him, Cormier said he knew what kind of man he was in the Octagon and promised not to underestimate him.
"When I learned about Derrick Lewis, it did not get me thinking," This will be an easy fight, "" Cormier said. "It's getting harder than the general public thinks. I understand that he knocked out Alexander Wolkow (at UFC 229) was no exception – it was his expectation, because he has fought out of the hell pit and found his way back to who he is today , " Cormier, 39, likes Lewis, 33, to be highly regarded on a personal level, but he said that would not change anything that happens in the cage. Cormier intends to leave UFC 230 with his heavy belt and said Lewis will not be prepared for what he has to offer.
"I'll try to tear Derrick Lewis apart," Cormier said. "There are levels for this fighting game. I have said that before. I've been at a level above most people for a long time.
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