Daniel Cormier defending his light heavyweight title against Jon Jones may be the headlining act for UFC 200 -- which is set to go down at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada -- but Brock Lesnar has been stealing all the headlines since announcing he would take part in the landmark event.
And that's okay with "DC," because as he mentioned on The MMA Hour, having the proven box office behemoth co-headline the pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 9, 2016, means more money in his and his family's pockets.
And like a kid on Christmas morning, he can barely contain his excitement.
"So I started to ask everyone when I heard about it because, you know, I got it from a pretty reliable source. I messaged Brock. I said, 'Hey Brock, is it Christmas time in the Cormier household? Because Brock Lesnar equals pay-per-view buys.' But he didn't respond. Then finally after the commercial ran, I got a response from Brock that said, 'Merry Christmas DC.' And I was like 'You got to be kidding me!' I had to take a moment, sit in the corner a little bit and try to compose myself. It's tremendous, man. It's a big event; you got Brock Lesnar who you can argue is the biggest star in UFC history. And I believe you have the most important fight that UFC can put on right now. I love Nate, love Conor, it's a huge fight, but what is it for? It isn't for a belt. It's not going to lead to a title shot, it's a fight that people just want to see because it's an attraction. When it comes to Jon and I, you have the most important fight UFC can put on at the most important event."
Lesnar will return after a five-year hiatus to take on knockout artist Mark Hunt in what is sure-to-be a hard-hitting Heavyweight affair.
Brock's presence alone will drive PPV buys through the roof, which means as champion and headliner, Cormier's PPV points (and paycheck) will increase. Plus, when you add the rest of the stacked card with big names such as Jones, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Cain Velasquez, and Miesha Tate to the mix, it's an early Christmas indeed for all parties involved.