Cormier and UFC obliged, and now -- in theory -- he's been trained up in the ways of the guy from "Under Siege."
So, when we spoke with Stipe this week as he preps to headline UFC 252 on Saturday -- we had to ask if he was concerned that Cormier could unleash some of that "Hard to Kill" knowledge on him during their final fight?
Spoiler Alert: Stipe ain't worried ... but he was complimentary of the actor.
"Seagal's a savage. Ya gotta look out for that guy."
There's more ... Stipe also told us why he's not planning to retire any time soon and why he doesn't feel bad sending Cormier into retirement with an "L."