Cormier Expects To Be Stripped Of 205 Title
As a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday, Daniel Cormier was introduced as both the heavyweight and light heavyweight champion of the UFC, Cormier would tell Helwani that he expects that won’t last long.
“I imagine they’re going to take that belt,” Cormier said Monday, “because I am scheduled to fight Brock [Lesnar at heavyweight]. I can’t fight at 205 first, so I’m pretty sure that they will take that title.”
Per Cormier, the UFC was going to strip him prior to book an Alexander Gustafsson and Yoel Romero light heavyweight title fight, now it seems the UFC is focused on a UFC 232 fight between Gustafsson and Jon Jones, which Cormier imagines will be for the belt.
Following Jones’ backdated 15 month suspension, Cormier began to publicly decry the UFC and USADA for giving Jones such an easy entry back into the organization following his second drug test failure.
“You just kind of question your approach to everything, you know?” said Cormier. “You kind of wonder if trying to maintain a level of professionalism and a certain type of life is ideal, because it does not seem as though it will have benefited in this circumstance.”
Cormier, outside of steadfastly refusing to fight Jones again, is still healing from a broken hand suffered in his win over Stipe Miocic in July, which would preclude him from fighting in December.
Also, Cormier would much rather welcome the financial windfall of fighting Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title.
“If a fight with Brock Lesnar for the amount of money that that brings and the prestige that that brings is your fallback plan,” said Cormier, “that’s a pretty good one to have.”
Cormier did admit to wanting one more chance against Jones, admitting he can’t retire on March 20th (his 40th birthday) without fighting him one more time.
“I can’t turn this off,” he said. “It’s what makes me uniquely me: my competitiveness and my desire to fight and compete against the best in the world.”
Initial Report: ESPN