Dana Wants “Stubborn” DC To Hold Off Retirement
Daniel Cormier looks to retire on his 40th birthday and hold a promise he made to his children, Dana White feels like his heavyweight and light heavyweight champion still has some fights left.
“You know me,” White on Thursday told MMAjunkie in Toronto. “When it’s time for someone to retire, I’m the first one to say, ‘See you later, have a good rest of your life.’ Cormier isn’t that guy. I think Cormier’s got three good fights left in him. I’d love to see him stick around longer. We’ll see how it plays out. I know his camp is really pulling for him to call it a wrap. I hope he doesn’t.”
Cormier eyes a showdown with current WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar as his final fight in early 2019, if Lesnar is able to jump through the hoops of his remaining USADA suspension and is able to do so by the WWE.
If that fight does not happen, two rematches are on the table for Cormier, one against the man he beat for the heavyweight title, Stipe Miocic, and the other against the only man to ever beat him, Jon Jones.
Jones, who is set to headline UFC 232 against Alexander Gustafsson for Cormier’s light heavyweight title, has been back and forth on a trilogy fight against Cormier. White believes the two should have one more fight, but not at light heavyweight.
“Cormier is so stubborn,” White said. “I think those two should fight at heavyweight. (Cormier) wants to fight him at 205.”