Daniel Cormier is expected to hang up his gloves when he turns 40 this March, but his coach revealed that his impending exit might be postponed, with his target opponent for his swan song, Brock Lesnar, still not cleared for his UFC comeback.
American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez said in a recent interview with BJPenn.com that DC might not be saying goodbye to the UFC this March as “unforeseen changes” put his retirement plans on hold.
But he insisted that he still wants the WWE star to be Cormier’s opponent before calling it quits.
Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar planted the seeds for a future fight when they had a confrontation at the UFC 226 last summer, following DC’s first-round technical knockout of former champion Stipe Miocic.
DC became the second mixed martial artist to hold two UFC championship belts simultaneously, winning both the heavyweight and light heavyweight straps. His win over Miocic also solidified his legacy as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
But the historic moment turned into disarray as a WWE-style beef happened when the former UFC champ stormed the cage to confront the double champion, planting seeds for a lucrative showdown in 2019.
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Cormier said that he wants the pay-per-view behemoth to be his last fight before hanging up his gloves this year. The heavyweight champion is planning to retire from the sport on his 40th birthday on March 20.
But according to his coach at the AKA, DC’s retirement will be prolonged due to “unforeseen changes” and could be starring in two or three fights this year, but a return at the 205-lb class will not happen.
” Now, the retirement thing is going to be prolonged. I don’t know, one fight, two fight, three fights, who knows. The best scenario is for him to fight Brock Lesnar and finish. For me, he is done with the light heavyweight division, so I think he fights Brock.”
No Jon Jones
DC made a successful defense of the heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at the UFC 230 in November before vacating the light heavyweight belt in the following month. His biggest rival, Jon Jones, then captured the vacant title with a masterful performance against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232.
Since then, MMA fans are expecting Jones and Cormier to rekindle their rivalry at 205 and potentially set up a trilogy fight. However, DC has pointed out earlier this month that he is not interested in a third fight with “Bones.”
“I’ve gotten a lot of, ‘You’re not willing to fight Jones, you talk trash about Jones [and he his drug testing issues], but you’re willing to fight Lesnar?’ Nobody knows what’s in place in terms of drug testing between Brock Lesnar and I. These are just general assumptions as to what is Brock Lesnar truly going through right now to try to be eligible to compete.”
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“Or, if he doesn’t fight, then I’ll fight Stipe Miocic. I talked to the boss (Dana White) the other day and he’s talking to me about fights and Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones and everybody, and I said, ‘If Lesnar doesn’t go, Stipe has to be first. He deserves it, and I’ve said it from the beginning.”
“If it ain’t Brock, I want to fight Stipe Miocic and give him what’s rightfully his, a rematch for this title.’ He’s going to get beat again, but at least he’ll get a chance to fight for that belt again.”
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