Even though Daniel Cormier has plans after UFC 226, leading to his retirement on his 40th birthday, Chael Sonnen sees Cormier’s fight for the UFC Heavyweight title differently.
Sonnen believes that if the current UFC light heavyweight champion loses on Saturday night, that he won’t face Jon Jones or Brock Lesnar, as Cormier hopes, but he’ll walk away from the sport entirely.
“I’m not sure we see Daniel Cormier fight again,” Sonnen said on his Beyond the Fight podcast. “Interesting plot twist I just threw in there, isn’t it?”
“So, he’s moved up to heavyweight. Let’s say he succeeds and he wins, he would then be the heavyweight champion. I suspect that he would relinquish 205 pounds. So, if he wins and he’s the heavyweight champion, I think that he would stick around and get that other fight in that he’s been talking about he wants, whoever that would be against.”
The Bellator heavyweight doesn’t see Cormier dropping back to 205 pounds if he loses to Stipe Miocic, especially with Cormier’s issues with cutting weight like at UFC 210. Sonnen also feels like there ‘s not much left for Cormier at 205.
“(There are) not a lot of compelling fights for him at 205 pounds,” Sonnen said. “That could change overnight with the insertion of Jon Jones, but I don’t think Jon’s gonna be back until next summer. That’s a year away.”
“To get to 205 pounds, you had to live a lifestyle with that goal in mind, and you gotta take your eye off the ball for seven months and go up to heavyweight, I don’t know about returning to 205. And I don’t know what the motivation would be.”
Quotes Transcribed by: Bloody Elbow