Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king Daniel Cormier is eyeing one last big day inside the Octagon in the form of World Wrestling Superstar Brock Lesnar in the coming months but will settle for a rematch with Stipe Miocic if Lesnar doesn’t get cleared to fight.
Cormier, 39, has said he intends to retire from the sport of MMA by the end of March, just before his 40th birthday and had pencilled in a blockbuster showdown with the former heavyweight champ Lesnar. However, as time edges closer to Cormier’s retirement date, fans are understandably curious as to who Cormier’s swansong fight would be if the Lesnar bout collapses.
Lesnar re-entered the United States Anti-Doping Agency testing pool effective July 3, which would clear him to fight starting Jan. 8, 2019. If Lesnar does not get clearance in time before Cormier retires, the champ has stated that his preference would be to have a rematch with Miocic at heavyweight rather than a trilogy fight with Jon Jones at 205 pounds. This is surely music to the ears of former champ Miocic, who has been vocal about his displeasure with being overlooked as Cormier courted the Lesnar payday fight.
Cormier was a guest on Monday’s The MMA Hour and explained where things are currently positioned regarding his next fight (Transcript via MMA Fighting):
“As of right now with the Lesnar thing, that’s kinda still up in the air,” Cormier said. “Or, if he doesn’t fight, then I’ll fight Stipe Miocic.
“I talked to the boss [Dana White] the other day and he’s talking to me about fights and Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones and everybody, and I said, ‘If Lesnar doesn’t go, Stipe has to be first. He deserves it, and I’ve said it from the beginning,” Cormier added. “If it ain’t Brock, I want to fight Stipe Miocic and give him what’s rightfully his, a rematch for this title.’ He’s going to get beat again, but at least he’ll get a chance to fight for that belt again.”