Daniel Cormier achieved the sought-after accolade of dual division champion on Sunday. Cormier joined Ariel Helwani on his new ESPN show to breakdown the historic night as well as what’s next for the champ-champ.
Daniel Cormier confirmed that Brock Lesnar will be his next fight, at heavyweight. He is also sticking to his plan of fighting two more times before retirement. Cormier has a set date for hanging up the gloves: March 20th 2019.
Even before this interview with Ariel, Cormier asserted that he would not waste one of his last outings on a contender. The opponents he faces have to be big name PPV draws. On Monday, he did admit that Lesnar’s delayed return could lead to a fight before the heavyweight clash.
The news is that Cormier would be open to moving back down to 205, for a bout with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. Cormier noted Rua’s resumé, he is a legend of the sport and a former champion.
Fans may sniff at this intially but Rua won his last two bouts against Corey Anderson and Gian Villante. However, Cormier may have said this to aggravate the likes of Alexander Gustafsson and Ovince Saint Preux.
It seems Cormier may have to take a fight before facing Lesnar. USADA have confirmed that Brock won’t be elligible to compete until January. Lesnar re-entered the testing pool on July 3rd.
It seems doubtful then that Jon Jones will be back in time to face the two-weight champion. However, DC acknowledges that he may not get another crack at Jones and is at terms with it. He is comfortable with the idea of defending the 205 pound strap versus a big name before a heavyweight title fight with Lesnar.
I definitely agree that his last two nights need to be against a big name. Would you prefer to see him against a more prime contender? Malki Kawa has said Yoel Romero is moving up and wants a shot at the 205 pound belt. Gustafsson is a top contender that went to war with the champ.
Let me know who you would like Cormier to face, before the Lesnar bout, in the comments section.