Daniel Cormier’s days in the Ultimate Fighting Championship could be numbered as he considers his rematch with Stipe Miocic as his swan song.
It is not the first time the reigning UFC heavyweight champion thought about retiring as he initially planned to hang up his gloves in his 40th birthday last March.
But with injury keeping him in the sidelines, DC needed to prolong his career as he sets to defend his 265-pound strap for the second time after defeating Derrick Lewis last November.
DC has been vocal about fighting the pay-per-view behemoth, Brock Lesnar, before retirement in a chance to land a massive paycheck.
Lesnar has re-entered the USADA drug testing program and was speculated to return to UFC after losing his Universal Championship at Wrestlemania 35.
DC also insisted that the wrestling star is very deserving of a title shot, being a former UFC champ and an All-American in college.
But all these talks on a Cormier vs Lesnar clash went down after UFC president Dana White recently claimed that it might not happen.
— Betting Insider Journal (@InsiderJournal_) May 1, 2019
Cormier Vs Miocic II
With the Lesnar fight no longer an option for Cormier, the Nevada-based promotion decided to go with a re-run of his UFC 226 title fight against Miocic.
“BREAKING: DC vs Miocic 2 on tap for UFC pay-per-view on Aug.17 in Anaheim, California.Both fighters confirm they are in the process of finalizing the bout,” ESPN’s Brett Okamoto announced on Twitter.
“I’m ready. I’ve been ready. And I’m going to take back what’s mine,” Miocic warned Cormier, per ESPN.
DC dethroned Miocic as the king of the 265-pound division last July with an impressive first-round knockout.
The victory also made Cormier the next simultaneous UFC two-weight champion as he also holds the light heavyweight championship that time.
The rematch might be the last time we will see Cormier in the cage as he plans to retire after the UFC 241 fight.
Cormier vs. Miocic 2 announced for the World Heavyweight Championship at UFC 241! Who you got? #ufc237 #ufc238 #ufc239 #ufc241 #ufc #mma #danawhite #fighting @dc_mma @stipemiocic pic.twitter.com/3qW1R0EXVW
— UFC Rankings (@UFCRank) May 5, 2019
The Final One
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, the 40-year old heavyweight acknowledged that his second encounter with Miocic would be more difficult compared to their first bout.
“I truly believe (Miocic) is going to be a better version of himself,” DC said, per MMA Mania.
“I don’t think for a second that he’s going to make the same mistakes he did last time.”
“I think it’ll be a much more difficult fight.”
The 265-pound champ also revealed that the rematch could be his final MMA fight.
“I always said that I was gonna fight [until I was 40] which would have been March,” Cormier continued.
“I couldn’t make that one, so if I hold true to what I was saying, then this would be the final one.
“I don’t anticipate fighting much past this.”
— Boxing News Now (@Boxing_NewsNow) June 18, 2019
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(Featured Imag Source: Instagram/Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic)