Being a UFC double champion has its perks.
When you have the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts in your waist like Daniel Cormier, letting go of one of these straps would no be that painful. This is why DC does not feel any concern even if his challenger Derrick Lewis pulls off a massive upset at UFC 230 next month.
The 39-year old Cormier will put his heavyweight strap on the line when he takes on Lewis in the main event of the UFC 230. The Madison Square Garden in New York will play host to this exciting match-up, with the defending champion looming as the heavy favourite while his challenger will draw inspiration from his legion of fans.
With DC currently sustaining a hand injury, a lot of MMA fans think that this heavyweight match-up will go either way. However, Cormier asserted that there is nothing to worry about losing the heavyweight strap as he still has the light heavyweight belt in his hands.
“Because if I lose to Derrick, who’s to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to go defend my light heavyweight title, now you can’t take it. So maybe that adds a whole other part to the equation. You can’t take both of my belts if I lost that one. So do I really have all that much to lose if I have a second one? Look at it like that.”
“I am the light heavyweight champion until those guys fight. So if the light heavyweight champion loses his heavyweight title, and I’m willing to go, ‘Wait, I’m willing to defend my belt.’ Now we have some conversations to have.”
Cormier will be stripped of his heavyweight belt when the fight between returning Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson officially gets underway. The promotion is planning to stage the 205-lb title bout this December at UFC 232.