For every sport, there is always that one player who is recognised as the greatest of all time. In mixed martial arts, Daniel Cormier has been one of the perfect shoo-ins for that title. But he believes two other fighters should join him in that conversation.
After handing Stipe Miocic a ridiculous knockout at the UFC 226, Daniel “DC” Cormier became the second double-champion in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He now holds the heavyweight division title along with the lightweight division golden belt.
DC has followed the footsteps of Conor “The Notorious” McGregor as the only fighter who holds both titles in two different weight classes. This feat solidifies Cormier’s bid as the greatest of all time in the sport. In fact, before he dispatched Miocic in their fight, fans have been considering his name as the GOAT.
Recognising Other Legends
While DC feels honoured to be on top of the conversation, he believes that two other fighters could be a good choice as the MMA GOAT. He also provided ‘one’ legitimate requirement to be included in that list.
Cormier said that Georges St.-Pierre and Demetrious Johnson will give him a run for his money in the GOAT race. Both are UFC champions and are marquee names in the competition.
But on top of their illustrious MMA career, DC believes they are deserving to be in the GOAT debate because they have not been involved in any cheating issues.
“Demetrious [Johnson], Georges St-Pierre, these guys have none of these bad things tied to their names and these are the guys I should share the conversation with. I’ve never had any negatives and I’ve never had to go in front of any commission and explain why my test came up messed up. That’s why I should be in the conversation because I’ve done things the correct way.”
“I’ve been tested by USADA since 2001 and I’ve never once had anything come up. It’s really not that hard to not test positive. Whether it be tainted supplements or anything else. You just don’t cheat. Don’t cheat and you don’t fail the test. It’s really not that hard.”
DC suffered his second loss to Jon Jones in the UFC 214 last year. But the result was overturned to a no contest after USADA discovered that the Bones used performance-enhancing drugs.
Keeping His Fingers Cross
Speaking of cheating, Brock Lesnar is trying to exorcise the ghost of his past in light of his UFC return. The former UFC champion is expected to return in the cage after his face off with Cormier at the UFC 226.
Based on multiple reports, Lesnar has rejoined the USADA testing pool last July 3 and has submitted his sample to the anti-doping organization this week. This marked as Lesnar’s first drug test in more than two years, after failing one back in 2016.
With Lesnar eyeing Cormier as his potential opponent, DC is hopeful that he would remain clean for six months. The WWE star has to stay out of trouble until January 2019, where his 12-month suspension will end.
“I’ve been tested 32 times USADA came on board, 32 times, so he’s going to get tested. If he’s clean for six months then obviously he’s not doing steroids so let’s keep our fingers crossed.”
Relive DC and Lesnar’s face off at the UFC 226 in the video below:
Will we see these fighters in a real fight next year?
Just like DC, let’s keep our fingers crossed!