Daniel Cormier is considered as one of the best fighters today, but the double champion is aware that beating a guy like former UFC champion Brock Lesnar will have a significant impact to his legacy in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
After starring in a controversial face off at the UFC 226, the Lesnar-Cormier fight has been one of the most talked subjects in social media in the past weeks. UFC President Dana White has confirmed the future return of the WWE star in the Octagon and his comeback fight next year could be against DC.
More Than Just The Money
Brock Lesnar has topped over 1 million buys on four different fights, making him as one of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the history of the sport. One of these occasions was his return in the octagon at UFC 200 after taking a five-year break from the game.
This showed that Lesnar has still a powerful influence on the league so its no surprise that DC eyes to go toe-to-toe with him in the future. Their fight would reward him a percentage of the pay-per-view sales since he is a champion.
But DC stressed that facing the former UFC star is more than just the money. He said that winning over Lesnar will have an enormous impact on his career.
“Brock’s a big, bad, tough boy. A former UFC champ. Obviously he’s the WWE champion. Just a massive guy with a lot of fighting ability. I’ve known Brock a long, long time and I’m excited to compete against him. And really, not to compete against him, I want to put it on him because when you beat a guy like Brock Lesnar – if I beat the most dominant heavyweight champ of all time and then couple that with a fight over Brock, they may call me one of the great heavyweights of all time.”
But before the UFC can make the fight happen, Lesnar has to pass all tests from the anti-doping organisation, USADA. He has been back at the testing pool but has to be clean for the next six months.
One Last Fight
As Cormier waits for the expected clash against Lesnar, the UFC double champion said he wants to fight for one last time this year. Despite criticisms over his ability to cut weight, Cormier insisted that he wants to go for a title defence in the light heavyweight division by the end of the year.
“It’ll be tough, but it’s always tough. It’s well-documented how difficult it is for me every time I go to 205. This will be nothing new. The next time I have a light heavyweight fight, I’ll go down there, I’ll make the weight, and I’ll fight. . . I do want to keep this belt. I don’t want to have to give it up because the UFC doesn’t believe I can make the weight. I can make the weight.”
DC has announced that he will retire in his 40th birthday next year. By March, he wants to retain his two division belts when he finally calls it quits.