The defeat of Lewis means Cormier now boasts 22 victories to his name as he defended the UFC heavyweight title he'd won in July against Stipe Miocic, while the manner of his latest crushing win sent a real message to Lesnar.
Cormier had a quick takedown in the first round and turned in a dominant yet boring effort to easily take the round.
"I really don't need much time for a title fight", he said.
Despite getting booed each by the Madison Square Garden faithful each time he took the fan-favorite Lewis down, Cormier continued to maul and grind until "The Black Beast" finally exposed his back and instantly tapped out via rear-naked choke at 2:14 of Round 2.
Immediately after Cormier's maiden 265lbs title defence, attention turned to the prospect of him have a trilogy fight with Jones.
"When you get to those numbers and you get 300,000 extra pay-per-view buys, at that number of pay-per-views, that's a big, big number".
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Cormier told Brock Lesnar to bring the Universal Title to their fight next year in his post-fight interview. Brunson pressured Adesanya and worked to get the fight to the ground but couldn't control the Nigerian.
On a possible heavyweight fight: "I would fight "DC" at heavyweight, but I feel I have nothing to prove".
"There are no surprises with me", Cormier said.
Cormier showed no fear when he told Brock to bring his belt to UFC.
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. Lesnar is still serving a suspension imposed by USADA until January of 2019. He secured top control on Lewis where he landed short shots to Lewis. The co-headliner saw a middleweight barnburner between Chris Weidman and "Jacare" Souza, with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend knocking out the former champ.