Up subsequent for Daniel Cormier: Brock Lesnar, then retirement | MMA


Daniel Cormier instructed Sporting Information final week that he is not budging and can retire on his 40th birthday March 20. Cormier additionally mentioned if he may get by Stipe Miocic in the principle occasion of UFC 226, then he wished to face Jon Jones in a trilogy combat and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar ought to he resolve to return to the Octagon.

The latter seems to be taking place.

Proper after Cormier knocked out Miocic, he demanded Lesnar, who confirmed up cageside earlier than the combat started to enter the cage. Chaos ensued from there, as Lesnar stormed in and gave Cormier a tough shove and needed to separated by safety. As Dana White confirmed on the post-fight press convention, Lesnar and Cormier will face one another subsequent at an undetermined occasion. Sporting Information has realized the UFC is concentrating on UFC 232 on Dec. 29 for the bout.

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After the Lesnar combat, Cormier ought to experience into the sundown and by no means look again.

A trilogy bout with Jones is extremely unlikely for the reason that former mild heavyweight is serving a suspension of 2-Four years for failing his second drug check previous to their rematch at UFC 214 (Jones gained in third-round stoppage).

There isn’t any one else within the mild heavyweight division Cormier can draw cash with. Though he backtracked a slight bit on an Alexander Gustafsson rematch, the two-time Olympian wasn’t too and the identical may be mentioned for anybody within the heavyweight division as the highest contender is Curtis Blaydes, who continues to be a relative unknown. At this stage of Cormier’s profession, it must be about making historical past and producing essentially the most cash he can for his household. 

”I’m at some extent now the place it’s going to be very troublesome to combat a Curtis Blaydes or … I don’t even know who’s developing at 205 to be sincere with you,” Cormier mentioned on the post-fight information convention. “Gustafsson fights properly in August. However final time Gustafsson and I fought, we made no cash. He’s bought all these followers however no person buys PPVs. So it’s bizarre.”

”It’s like, do you wish to go to warfare and make a lot much less cash? If I combat Brock Lesnar, I’m getting paid. So these guys are going to need to do one thing very particular to earn a combat for the 205 pound belt, and I’ll do it. I’ll go down and combat and await Brock. So I may combat once more round November. I may combat once more round March and be executed.”

Can Gustafsson make sufficient of an impression when he fights former Cormier foe, Volkan Oezdemir at subsequent month’s UFC 227? He can, nevertheless it must be faster than Cormier’s second-round TKO at UFC 220. 

”If Gustafsson does one thing very particular I’ll go combat him once more, as a result of he’s been performing like he gained the primary combat,” Cormier mentioned. “Gustafsson can get it.”

Would a Cormier vs. Gustafsson combat stack up? Their first combat at UFC 192 was one of many biggest in UFC historical past. However it took years off Cormier’s life and, like we acknowledged earlier than, it did not do properly on the field workplace.

Contemplating what occurred within the aftermath of UFC 226, a Cormier vs. Lesnar showdown will break all firm information for the UFC.

Why go from a historic Lesnar combat to come back proper again round and face Gustafsson? All the pieces else could be downhill after that.

Cormier must do what most fighters can’t do: Retire whereas they’re nonetheless on the prime of their occupation.

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