Cormier Wants Miocic, Jones, Then Retirement
At the age of 40 and Brock Lesnar retiring from MMA again, Daniel Cormier has two more fights in him before he retires.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani today, the UFC heavyweight champion isn’t hesitating on a trilogy with Jones, looking to fight the light heavyweight champion one more time.
“It’s all I want,” he told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I think when I fight Jones, I feel most complete when I’m preparing for competition against that guy.”
Before Cormier can face Jones in a third fight, he first must defeat Stipe Miocic at UFC 241, in a rematch of their 2018 rematch.
Cormier fought at heavyweight for the first time since his Strikeforce days at UFC 226, knocking out Miocic in the first round.
“I just don’t know how I can beat him better than I beat him last time,” he told Helwani.
“If you want to get right competitively, you go back and get the one you lost,” Cormier said. “If I don’t, trust me, I can be fine. But I’m just fiercely competitive. So when I say if there is another fight after (Miocic), it would have to be that one.”
Cormier also clapped back at critics who assumed he was waiting around until Lesnar signed a fight contract, as he was recovering from back surgery due to a bulging disco on his sciatic nerve.
The trouble with Cormier’s back began at UFC 230, where the heavyweight champion nearly pulled out of his fight with Derrick Lewis on fight night.
“You guys are so stupid,” Cormier said of critics claiming he held out for a fight with Lesnar. “I couldn’t physically
“I did not like the approach he took,” Cormier said of Miocic after their fight in July, 2018. “I just think he’s so good, even if he’d fought over the course of the year, he still would be in this same position. So I don’t feel I have to be nice to him any more.
“The whole time I said he was a bit entitled. These are conversations we had with the company. He was just as happy as I was. So to make it seem like I was doing something wrong after I was the one that won the fight, I just felt like it was unfair. … I’m not wronging this guy. I’m doing exactly what we were told to do after our first fight.”
When asked about Lesnar, Cormier feels if the money is right, the WWE star will return for a dance in the Octagon.
“I think that Brock’s a competitor, and if the right opportunity presents itself for him, he would do it,” Cormier said. “The guy’s a fighter. Everybody (expletive) on Brock Lesnar and says this guys can’t fight, but he’s a fighter and he’s a competitor. And he likes money. So for the right amount of money and the right opportunity, I’m sure he could be convinced to come back.”
Cormier is sure Jones won’t need the same convincing after he gets past Miocic.
“We don’t complement each other in the normal sense, but I think competitively, we make each other better,” he said. “Also, we make the most money together.”
Quotes Transcribed by MMA Junkie