At UFC 226, Daniel Cormier has the opportunity to attain the coveted status of two-weight champion. However, the light heavyweight champion will continue to fight after arguably the biggest bout of his career. Cormier has said for some time now that he will retire in March 2019 and he is sticking to that plan.
On the inaugural episode of Ariel Helwani’s show, Cormier laid out his fight plans up to that cut off point. Cormier said that he intends to fit in two more fights after his bout with Stipe Miocic.
The opponents? In an ideal world, the final fights of Cormier’s career would be against Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar. Jones has a well chronicled history with Cormier but the two seem to agree that the story isn’t over, it is probably the only thing they agree on.
Rumour has it that Brock Lesnar is close to making his MMA return and will be at UFC 226 to challenge the winner of the main event. However, Dana White has also stated that he is actively working on Jon Jones vs Brock Lesnar for the former heavyweight champion’s return.
If Lesnar faces the winner of Miocic vs Cormier, it sets up a bout where the winner faces Jon Jones. If Jones and Lesnar are matched up, a natural contender emerges to face either Cormier or Miocic.
Regardless of what is next for Lesnar and Jones, it appears that the stars are aligning. Cormier’s plans will likely come to fruition.
Source: Ariel Helwani at ESPN