UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (20-1-0, 1NC) is eager to face Brock Lesnar (5-3-0, 1NC) sometime in the future. He is completely honest when he speaks about his career. He admits it’s primarily because of a massive pay check. UFC President, Dana White, recently said the former heavyweight champ could get a title shot against the winner of the UFC 226 main event between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (18-2-0).
Brock Lesnar is expected to return to the UFC for another run. Daniel Cormier said he never thought Lesnar was a realistic opponent option for himself. But he’s enthusiastic about the idea after Dana White put it out in the public space. Cormier knows he first have to get past Miocic otherwise there’s no possibility of a Lesnar fight:
That thing never happens unless I get past Stipe, but just hearing it out loud was like, ‘Oh my goodness’. I know that when I fight Jon Jones, I make a lot of money. I know that if I was to ever fight Brock Lesnar, I’m going to make even more money than I’ve made in my entire life. And ultimately, championships and money if why we do this. I don’t care for all the other stuff. I want to get paid. I’m almost 40. The door is about to close on me, so why not ride out into the sunset with a massive payday? Truckloads of money. Back up the Brinks truck to Gilroy, California, if you fight Brock Lesnar
He told me last time – when that thing broke that he was fighting at UFC 200, I said, “Big Brock, is it Christmas morning in the Cormier household?”. He goes. “Merry Christmas, DC. You’re welcome.” That’s what he told me. He knows that the money is coming when he’s on your card, or you’re fighting against him, people are getting paid.
UFC 226 is scheduled for July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The biggest barricade for the Cormier vs. Lesnar fight comes down to timing (Although it’s no easy feat for DC to beat Miocic and become both the UFC light heavyweight champion and heavyweight champion). Daniel Cormier will retire on his 40th birthday, which takes place March 20. If the timing doesn’t work out that way, Cormier said it won’t persuade him to push back his retirement-date deadline:
No, I won’t postpone retirement. I’m done. Curtain’s coming down. When I’m 40, I’m done. I know it’s hard to think that. I’m still fighting on a high level. I feel good. I feel like I can train and fight for a long time, but there’s no need to. You’ve got to preserve what you accomplish, and I think that now some of my friends, and my best friends, are fighting in spots that we could have never imagined we could see them in. And I don’t like that. I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be fighting. I’ve fought in only main events and co-main events my entire UFC career. I don’t want to have to go to fighting on the prelims or stuff like that. I like the big spot. I’ve been in some of the biggest fights in the UFC
Before Brock Lesnar can compete in the octagon again, he must return to the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) testing pool and serve the rest of his suspension (more than six months) stemming from failed drug tests around his UFC 200 bout agains Mark Hunt (13-12-1, 1NC) in July 2016. If Lesnar returns to the testing pool in the near future, then there should be more than enough time to make the hypothetical matchup with DC.
Although Cormier has taken part in athletics and sport for the entirety of his adult life, he said he’s satisfied with the decision to hang up his gloves. But he intends on doing everything in his power to make his final days in the sport as special as possible. Beating both Miocic and Lesnar would certainly help that purpose.
Ultimately, I’m a competitor, and I’m about accomplishments, achievements and being remembered. The curtain’s coming down on me, so all of this and all the stuff that I do, all the time, that’s all going to be gone. All that are going to be left are the memories of what I did. If I can accomplish this on July 7, then those memories will last for a very long time
You can check the rest of the UFC 226 card by visiting the official event page