As Daniel Cormier enters the twilight of his historic career, speculation surrounding his final opponent’s has intensified.
At the UFC 236 press conference, when asked about the prospect of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC, Dana White hinted that if the WWE star is to return, “DC” would be first in line to welcome Lesnar back to the Octagon.
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“I know Cormier really wants that fight and Cormier is awesome… all the things he has done for this sport and this company, I want to make that man happy before he retires”.
Indeed, following his victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, Cormier famously called out Lesnar who entered the ring and confronted “DC”, before telling Joe Rogan, “DC, I’m coming for you.”
While this certainly laid the foundations for a blockbuster bout between Cormier and Lesnar, it is not yet clear whether Lesnar will actually return to the UFC.
“I haven’t talked to Brock,” White shared.
“Brock wants to fight, he’s got some obligations right now with the WWE. He’s one of those guys, when it’s time, he’ll call me… when he’s ready to go, we’ll figure out who’s next.”
Should Lesnar fail to return to the UFC, Cormier, who most recently defeated Derrick Lewis at UFC 230, is certainly not without a shortage of opponents with Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic both calling out the former Strikeforce Grand Prix champion.
Following Jones’ victory at UFC 232, the current light heavyweight champion called for a trilogy fight with Cormier, saying “Daddy’s home DC, prove to the fans you’re a champ-champ… I’m here, get your belt back”.
Miocic has also been vocal in calling out Cormier following his recent loss to the 2004 Olympian, however, Cormier has turned down a rematch several times, and tweeted that Miocic is “being entitled.”
Reason 1: he’s being entitled, why have I fought since and he hasn’t. He lost the fight is he still the champ? Reason 2: I’m hurt Reason3: how do I do it better? I beat him in a round last time ? https://t.co/sQF4Wu5q6P
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 5, 2019
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) February 6, 2019
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