Schaub: Lesnar Tougher Challenge Than Lewis For DC
Daniel Cormier would make history as the first person to ever successfully defend a UFC championship in multiple weight classes at UFC 230, with a second-round submission win over Derrick Lewis.
One of the people praising Cormier’s history making night and overall skill set is former UFC heavyweight and current Showtime analyst, Brendan Schaub.
“What makes DC great is yes, obviously he’s athletic, he’s gifted with some abilities a lot of other guys aren’t, but Daniel Cormier’s brain, his cerebral game is so much better than everybody else that’s ever fought,” Schaub said recently on his Below the Belt podcast. “He’s way better at the mental aspect of facing adversity, sticking to a game plan with what he has. Is he more athletic than Jon Jones? No. Is he more athletic than Gustafsson? No. His mental game is so much better than these guys. He’s the most intelligent fighter to ever fight in the UFC, I truly believe that.”
Next up for Cormier after his short-notice win over Derrick Lewis, is a showdown in 2019 against current WWE Universal champion and former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar will not be eligible for a return in January after a USADA suspension and return from his 2016 retirement.
Cormier is looking to fight one more time before retiring in March, but Schaub feels that Cormier may need to tread lightly against Lesnar.
“[With Lesnar] you’re talking a complete freak,” said Schaub. “Athletically, is he the biggest freak to ever do it? He’s f**king up there, man. We don’t talk about it enough. A guy at his age and with his background – he’s not even a part time mixed martial artist. It’s a hobby for this man and can go in there and compete with the best of the best. Imagine if he dedicated his entire life from when he was young to this sport. And he’s fighting through sickness!
“He’s f**king tough to deal with. No one goes in there and is like, ‘Ah this is a gimme fight.’ Even DC’s not like that. I promise you Brock Lesnar will be a tougher fight for DC than Derrick Lewis was. We don’t give that man enough props.”
“I gotta be honest, I love where [Cormier’s] head is at,” said Schaub on his plans for how he watns to retire. “He goes, ‘The only guy I’d cut down to light heavyweight for is Jon Jones’ but what he wants next is he plans to retire in March and he’s praying for a Brock Lesnar fight. He’s hoping Brock answers the bell and I hope he does and DC beats Brock and rides off into the sunset. I really do.
“Do I think that’s how it’s gonna go? If I had to bet on it, no. I bet Jon Jones beats Gustafsson, comes to heavyweight, fights Stipe, beats Stipe, and then the UFC makes DC an offer for the heavyweight championship of the world – after he beats Brock Lesnar – to fight Jon Jones in one of the biggest pay-per-views in the history of the sport.
“I think he does retire in March after he beats Lesnar but eventually, before 2019’s over, he fights Jon Jones for the heavyweight title.”
Quotes Transcribed by MMA Fighting