When Daniel Cormier knocked out Stipe Miocic for his UFC heavyweight championship in Las Vegas last July, many wouldn’t have predicted what was to follow.
Cormier called of all people, Brock Lesnar into the octagon, and the two had a shove-off before trading insults.
Lesnar then cut a very WWE-esque promo on the heavyweight division, and told Cormier that he was coming for him. It all seemed very scripted but it caught people’s attention.
UFC president Dana White confirmed that he intended to make Cormier against Lesnar for the title as their next fight, with Lesnar eligible to return in early 2019.
But with the promotion desperately needing a main event for UFC 230 next month at Madison Square Garden, DC will defend against Derrick Lewis, who knocked out Alexander Volkov in the final moments of their bout last week.
And Cormier’s latest comments on his future following the bout next month will raise serious eyebrows in the MMA world.
“Counting the Lewis fight, I think I’m down to two fights left,” said Cormier to ESPN.
“Maybe this will be a blessing in disguise, the fact that I don’t have a crazy, long fight camp to beat myself down.
“That may prolong it for me, but right now, I think I have this one and maybe one more. I can still fight in March and hit my retirement date.
“The one opponent that would matter to me most is [Jon] Jones, because he’s beaten me twice. The one that would mean more financially would be Lesnar.
“I think I would always pick the one that means more, but my wife might have something to say about that.”
So judging from Cormier’s words, he would rather fight Jones again if he’s only got one more fight remaining before riding off into the sunset.
That would surely disappoint fans who will expect the super-fight between Cormier and Lesnar to happen, and considering the former WWE Champion has proven to be a huge draw, DC may stand to lose out on a lot more money fighting someone he’s already been beaten by before.
We will just have to wait and see what happens – and for all we know Lewis could spring a shock and defeat Cormier – but we think there will be a few annoyed faces should the dream fight not happen.