The UFC light heavyweight champ is preparing for a superfight with Stipe Miocic this summer, and if he wins that it sounds like he’s all in on the idea of fighting Brock Lesnar.
When it comes to prize fighting, it’s hard for a fighter not to have their eye on the biggest prizes possible. And for Daniel Cormier, that prize is a fight against Brock Lesnar. Or, more specifically, the money that comes with a fight against Brock Lesnar.
The current UFC light heavyweight champion is gearing up for a superfight against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on July 7th in Las Vegas, NV at UFC 226. The bout would give him the chance to be the second fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles in two divisions at the same time, following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor.
And it’s sounding more and more like the winner would face off against WWE superstar and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar walked away from MMA back in 2012, following ongoing complications due to diverticulitis. He made a surprising return (in what was largely seen as a 1-off appearance) against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in 2016. But, the win was soured by a pair of failed drug tests surrounding the bout, and the result was eventually overturned. Lesnar announced his retirement once again, without completing his suspension under USADA regulations.
However, the talk that Lesnar might have another fight or two left in him hasn’t gone away. And what largely sounded like a lot of nonsense to keep him in a strong bargaining position with the WWE has started to sound more and more like a return to the Octagon in late 2018, after completing the last 6-ish months of his drug suspension.
That’s music to Daniel Cormier’s ears, as he told the assembled media during a recent scrum (transcript via MMA Fighting).
“That thing never happens unless I get past Stipe, but just hearing out loud was like, oh my goodness,” Cormier said, concerning recent statements from Dana White that Lesnar would be immediately in heavyweight title contention upon his return. “Hey, I know that when I fight Jon Jones, I make a lot of money. I know that if I was to ever fight a Brock Lesnar, I’m going to make even more money than I’ve ever made in entire life. And ultimately, championships and money is why we do this. I don’t care for all the other stuff. I want to get paid. I’m almost 40, the door’s about to close on me, so why not ride out into the sunset with a massive payday? Truckloads of money. Back up Brinks truck to Gilroy, California if you fight Brock Lesnar, I’m telling you.
“He told me last time, right? 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’s coming. When he’s on your card or if you’re fighting against him, he knows that you’re getting paid.”
As to getting past Stipe? Cormier sounds confident that it’s a fight he can, and will, win.
“If I didn’t think I could beat Stipe Miocic, I wouldn’t fight him,” Cormier told reporters. “And I like the matchup, I really really like the matchup. I know people may think, ‘Oh, he’s crazy. You know he’s the best heavyweight of all time.’ Yeah, but he’s not just this massive guy. He’s fast at heavyweight, but just because he’s fast at heavyweight doesn’t mean he’ll be fast to me.
“The reason I was so successful at heavyweight was because I was fast, right? So now he’s going to be fighting the guy that’s as fast as him. And I love Stipe Miocic, I think he’s a fantastic fighter, he’s a great champion, great man, but he has lost to Stefan Struve. And if Stefan Struve can get a victory, why can’t I?”
Cormier also talked about coaching the latest season of TUF, his willingness to drop the heavyweight title if/when Cain Velasquez returns to action, his addiction to rice, and his hopes to leave a legacy behind. Check the whole thing out above.