Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has cemented his status as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.
In 2018, he became the promotion’s second simultaneous two-division champion after knocking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 before coming out victorious in his heavyweight title-retention bid against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.
‘DC’ has previously claimed that he might be fighting for one last time before calling it a career this month.
For his swan song, he wants to square off with the pay-per-view behemoth and former UFC champion, Brock Lesnar.
But with Lesnar providing no signs of a potential return and Cormier battling some health struggles, the retirement may happen at a later date.
In a recent interview, Dana White stressed that the heavyweight champ is on top of his game and it is actually the people around him who are pushing for his retirement.
The UFC president also revealed three potential fights waiting for DC, which could convince him to continue his professional career.
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Done At 40
Days after his dominant win over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220, Cormier stated that he would be calling it quits when he turns 40.
The American Kickboxing Academy standout has already secured his legacy as one of the best fighters ever to do it, winning both the 205-pound and 265-pound championships while maintaining an exceptional professional MMA record of 21-1.
“Come March, I will have 12 months, at max, left. I’m going to be done by March 20, 2019. I won’t be fighting again.”
“I’m done, I’m going to be done at 40.”
“I won’t be back. There won’t be jumping around or ‘I’m done until I get the right type of fight.’ It’ll be over. I’m not going to be doing this anymore,” he told The MMA Hour early last year (transcript from MMA Fighting).
Not Yet Says Dana
Cormier has been campaigning for a fight with Lesnar before he retires, but the path to that showdown has been rough.
He sustained a back injury in his clash with Lewis, which prolonged his absence, while his potential opponent, Lesnar, has not yet been cleared to return.
It might be long before we see the last of Cormier in the Octagon and Dana White is confident that he will not be retiring soon, claiming that DC has still three fights left before he can finally call it quits. (Quotes from MMA Mania)
“I love this guy. I love Cormier, I love everything about him, and I think he’s got three fights left in him.”
“I think that he wants the Lesnar fight, so you make that. Stipe, people want to see the rematch with Stipe.”
“Stipe wants to see the rematch with Stipe.
“And then possibly Jon Jones again at either Heavyweight or Light Heavyweight. So I think retirement for him is just a year premature.”
“And we talked, and I think he agreed with me.”
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White also assured that the Lesnar clash is going to happen while hoping that he will get an update from the WWE star this summer.
“One of the things about Brock Lesnar is, when that guy is ready to fight, he is not shy. He will call me and let me know.”
“And to be honest with you, I am hoping to hear from that guy this summer.”
“I think both guys really want it, Cormier wants it bad.”
“I know Cormier wants it bad, and Brock wants it bad. So when two fighters want to fight each other as bad as these two do, I think it’s going to happen.”
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