Cormier On Fighting Jones: I Want To Win At 205
Daniel Cormier is preparing for the second biggest rematch of his career, as he defends his UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 242.
“This is a guy that defended the heavyweight title more than anyone in history and if I can beat him twice, that just further cements my legacy in the sport,” Cormier told Aaron Bronsteter regarding the man he took the title from. “As I’ve said for a long time, legacy matters to me and everything right now is just me building on that.
“This could be it. This could be my last fight. Money could convince me to fight longer [laughs] but this could be it for me.”
and if Cormier could be enticed back for one more fight at the age of 40, the top option at heavyweight would be Francis Ngannou, who has laid waste to Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, and Junior dos Santos in his last three fights.
“I think he’s a great guy,” Cormier said of Ngannou. “I like Francis, he’s very respectful. But I think everybody now has to take a step back because nothing has changed. This is the same thing that we saw prior to his title fight. Just remember that. You guys have to slow down. You get excited and you fall in love with these knockouts but nothing has changed. He did that to Overeem to earn a title fight. He knocked out all those guys prior. Nothing has changed. So as much as I respect him, it’s not a fight that I would have much hesitation in taking.”
“He beat Cain in 25 seconds – which is crazy to me – he beat Junior in a minute and 5 seconds – which is crazy to me – and he beat Curtis Blaydes in about a minute. So he’s fought three minutes total. What happens at minute seven and minute eight and minute nine and minute 10 when a guy’s just dragging on him and grinding on him and making all that muscle blow up? That’s a big guy. Everybody loves the physical guy, the big, strong, bulging muscles, but at the end of the day, oxygen has to pass through that and when you start to wear at that, those guys get tired and I think Francis would have to have made some wholesale changes to change everything and I’m not exactly sure what we’ve seen recently to prove that anything has changed.”
Even with Ngannou as a top option, there is one more windmill for Cormier to tilt at, a trilogy fight with Jon Jones.
Cormier, who fell twice to Jones at light heavyweight, would have a possible advantage if they competed at Cormier’s natural division. Cormier doesn’t want an advantage, he wants a shot at righting history and gaining revenge at 205 pounds.
“It would have to be at 205 [pounds],” Cormier said. “I’ve overcome odds my whole life. From wrestling to some of the personal things I’ve been to, to going up to fight Stipe Miocic. He goes up to heavyweight and fights me, it’s the first time he’s ever fought at heavyweight. Me going up to heavyweight last year was different. I was 13-0 already there. I don’t want to stack the odds. I’d like to try and go down and win on the playing field that I lost at.”