Daniel Cormier Says The Fight Versus Brock Lesnar Is Still An Option, But He Is Interested In Stipe Miocic Rematch Too
Daniel’s Cormier initial plan was to retire when he turns 40. His birthday is on March 20, 2019. Yet, there is a possibility he won’t hang up his gloves so quickly.
There is no doubt 2018 was the most successful year of Cormier’s career. He earned the score of 3-0, with three consecutive wins over Volkan Oezdemir, Stipe Miocic, and Derrick Lewis. “DC” also won titles in two different divisions.
At the moment, “DC” is unsure about his future plans. (h/t MMAFighting.com)
“Man, I don’t know,” Cormier said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Like I said, I’ve long intended to be done with this thing by the time I turn 40 years old, and I’ve had some things injury-wise that are really kinda holding me back right now. I would prefer to be getting ready to train right now and fight, but there are a couple things that have happened that I can’t really get going like I want to, so it’s kinda all still up in the air. Dana’s hopeful, he’s like, ‘Oh, you can fight three more times, you’re the man right now.’ And honestly, I could fight. I could still fight. It doesn’t seem like I’m slowing down too much. I mean, hell, I became the heavyweight champion a few months ago, it’s not like I’m slowing done.”
“So we’ll see what it is. I really do still intend to be done with this thing really soon. It’s just a personal decision that I made with my family, and we’ll see what happens.”
After Cormier’s win over Stipe Miocic via first-round KO at the main event of UFC 226, Brock Lesnar entered the cage and challenged him for a title shot. The fight was rumored for the first quarter of 2019 but nothing is officially set.
Daniel Cormier still intends to defend the title against “The Conqueror”. But the current UFC Heavyweight champion has a backup plan if Brock Lesnar clash doesn’t come to fruition. It’s a rematch against Stipe Miocic!
“As of right now with the Lesnar thing, that’s kinda still up in the air,” Cormier said. “I’ve gotten a lot of, ‘You’re not willing to fight Jones, you talk trash about Jones [and he his drug testing issues], but you’re willing to fight Lesnar?’ Nobody knows what’s in place in terms of drug testing between Brock Lesnar and I. These are just general assumptions as to what is Brock Lesnar truly going through right now to try to be eligible to compete. We could be doing so many different things that people are unaware of, and if Brock Lesnar’s clean on the day that we fight, because of these things, then why can’t I fight him?
“Or, if he doesn’t fight, then I’ll fight Stipe Miocic. I talked to the boss (Dana White) the other day and he’s talking to me about fights and Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones and everybody, and I said, ‘If Lesnar doesn’t go, Stipe has to be first. He deserves it, and I’ve said it from the beginning. If it ain’t Brock, I want to fight Stipe Miocic and give him what’s rightfully his, a rematch for this title.’ He’s going to get beat again, but at least he’ll get a chance to fight for that belt again.”
What do you think, who will fight Daniel Cormier next – Stipe Miocic or Brock Lesnar?