Daniel Cormier is rightfully expecting a massive boost to his legacy if he ends up defeating UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
Daniel Cormier solidified his status as the UFC light heavyweight champion by stopping the heavy-handed Volkan Oezdemir inside two rounds at UFC 220 in Boston. This July, “DC” will look to push his limits further by challenging Stipe Miocic for the undisputed heavyweight title.
The 39-year-old Cormier is no stranger to fighting at heavyweight, but this would be the first time where the title is involved. And if he does get through Miocic, he expects to be considered as a strong candidate for MMA’s “Greatest of All-Time” list.
“If I can go and accomplish this thing that’s so rare and so far left, yes, I should be in the conversation,” Cormier said on a recent episode of the Believe You Me podcast (transcript via MMAjunkie). “But not only one of the greatest to do it, the greatest to ever do it. Not just one of, but the conversation for the best fighter of all time. I truly believe that, because it’s such a massive accomplishment.”
Cormier did clarify that he will continue his run at light heavyweight until his scheduled retirement in March 2019. He also intends to hold on to the 205-pound title and possibly become the UFC’s second simultaneous two-weight world champion.
“I don’t rule out going back to 205. We have a ton of options as we’re moving forward,” Cormier said. “It’s not like I’m limited to the heavyweight division or to the 205-pound division. There are options for me, and none of those options include fighting Cain. There are a ton of ways to work around that.”
“There has been no talk of me giving up the light heavyweight championship,” he continued. “Not at all. Dana even said to me, ‘If you win the fight and you vacate, whatever. I just think it’s such a great fight, we need to make it.’ I was like, ‘OK.’ They’ve never talked to me about vacating the title.”
Miocic and Cormier will headline UFC 226, which takes place on July 7th in Las Vegas.