Cormier: Lesnar Fight Still Up In The Air
UFC Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier still wants to have his fight against Brock Lesnar next, but still has not given a confirmation if the fight is a done deal.
In an interview on the MMA Hour, Cormier gave an update on where things stand on the potential against Lesnar. The two heavyweights have been building up to a bout in 2019, but the former UFC titleholder and current WWE Universal champion has yet to officially sign a fight deal with UFC.
As of now, Cormier would label the fight as “up in the air” since there are still some matters to finalize before a fight can be done, mainly drug testing.
“As of right now with the Lesnar thing, that’s kinda still up in the air,” Cormier said. “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. We could be doing so many different things that people are unaware of, and if Brock Lesnar’s clean on the day that we fight, because of these things, then why can’t I fight him?”
So if a fight against Lesnar does not happen, then Cormier does have a backup option: a rematch against former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Cormier defeated Miocic in the first round to win the UFC Heavyweight title at UFC 226 a few months back and since then, Miocic had been lobbying for months on getting a rematch.
Cormier added that Miocic deserved a rematch if Lesnar isn’t his next opponent, but was confident in his chances of beating Miocic once more.
“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.”
Quotes From: MMA Fighting