Daniel Cormier made history last weekend as the only champion ever to hold the UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight titles at the same time. Now he is looking at some big money fights before retiring…
Current UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is in a great place right now. After knocking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 this past Saturday, the world is the 39-year-old’s oyster.
After the stunning first-round knockout over Miocic, ‘DC’ clashed with a familiar face in the UFC heavyweight division. Jumping into the octagon from the crowd was WWE star and ex-UFC champion Brock Lesnar.
Theatrics ensued as Lesnar and Cormier engaged in a pushing match before the pro wrestler got on the mic. Declaring his intentions to once again take the heavyweight crown, Lesnar gave the whole event a different feel.
Fans were somewhat divided by the next heavyweight title fight, but it might not actually be Cormier’s next fight.
Daniel Cormier Wants LHW Defense First
According to the newly minted double champ, he wants a showdown with Pride FC legend Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua before fighting Lesnar. As per MMAMania.com:
“It (retirement) doesn’t get pushed. The Lesnar fight gets pushed to Superbowl weekend or something. That fight gets pushed and I knock one out at Light Heavyweight before then. So that’s how you maneuver around that,” said Cormier. “Brock Lesnar will get his, Brock Lesnar will be the next Heavyweight I fight. Brock Lesnar is not guaranteed to be my next fight.”
“Maybe I’ll go fight Shogun, that would be good. I am serious, maybe I will go fight Shogun. He has won a lot of fights in a row,” said “DC,” before adamantly stating that’s who he wants next should Rua defeat Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 134 on July 22.”
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“You know what? That’s who I want to fight, if Shogun wins, I want to fight Shogun. That’s who I’m fighting. I will go fight Shogun because he is a legend, he’s a great guy. I will go fight Shogun and then I will fight Brock Lesnar because Jones isn’t going to be back, I don’t think. I am at peace with that,” he stated.
Daniel Cormier vs. Shogun Rua? Doesn’t exactly have the ring of a top contender fighting the champion, but there aren’t exactly many options to choose from at light-heavyweight currently.
Cormier has already answered criticism regarding the Lesnar fight. Full interview transcript here.
“So yeah, yeah. You guys call it fake online. I see a bunch of fighters. ‘Oh, it’s so fake, I don’t want to watch this.’ Tune in and keep lacing my pockets. You’ve guys gotta get on board. These guys get on the microphone after their fights and say, ‘Yeah, it’s whatever the UFC decides.’ OK.”