Daniel Cormier is apparently willing to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against a slew of contenders.
Since capturing the heavyweight championship with a knockout of Stipe Miocic earlier this month at UFC 226, “DC” has been called out by numerous fighters at both light heavyweight and heavyweight.
Cormier made it clear after his win over Miocic that he’s only willing to take big fights before retiring in March. The American Kickboxing Academy product is expected to meet Brock Lesnar early next year, but he’ll likely defend the 205-pound belt before that.
Alexander Gustafsson was a name Cormier mentioned directly after UFC 226 regarding a potential future title defense at light heavyweight, but the double champ recently shut down any chance of that rematch happening forever.
Cormier is, however, open to bouts with Ilir Latifi and Corey Anderson.
Latifi has called out Cormier on social media multiple times since Cormier’s recent victory, and the 39-year-old responded Wednesday.
I’m not avoiding you can get it to. All of y’all. Tell me when and where bruh. I’ll come and whip ya
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 25, 2018
“I’m not avoiding you can get it too,” Cormier wrote to Latifi. “All of y’all. Tell me when and where bruh. I’ll come and whip ya.”
Anderson is coming off a decision win over former title challenger Glover Teixeira in the UFC Fight Night 134 co-main event last Sunday. After the bout, “Overtime” called for a title shot via social media.
Yo @dc_mma ,
They said a win over me and Glover would earn a title shot..I beat em, media said you wanted Shogun and he lost, you told Gus off, and you already fought Volkan.. I’ll never “call you out” out of respect. But I’m 100% down to fight you. #UFC @ufc #letsdoit
— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 24, 2018
“They said a win over me and Glover would earn a title shot,” Anderson wrote. “I beat em, media said you wanted Shogun and he lost, you told Gus off, and you already fought Volkan.
“I’ll never ‘call you out’ out of respect. But I’m 100% down to fight you.”
And according to Cormier, if it’s the fight the UFC wants to make, he’ll show up on fight night as usual.
Ok , sure just find out when and where. I’ll be there. I always am!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 24, 2018
“Sure, just find out when and where,” he wrote to Anderson. “I’ll be there. I always am!”
Cormier, who’s riding a two-fight winning streak, plans to retire next March. Rematches with Miocic and Jon Jones are also fights he is interested in before stepping away from the sport.