Daniel Cormier’s Back-Up Plan
Saturday’s UFC 227 event in Los Angeles was a platform to long-reigning flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s defeat over Henry Cejudo in the co-main card. DC and broadcast partners Jon Anik and Joe Rogan discussed afterwards whether “DJ” deserves an immediate rematch against Cejudo.
In the history of UFC, Johnson holds the most number of consecutive title defences on a winning streak of 11, which Cejudo broke via split decision over the weekend.
What makes the topic more interesting was Cejudo’s announcement of his interest to move up a weight class. He wants to challenge the winner of UFC 227 bantamweight championship main event between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, which turned out to be the first mentioned fighter.
Who Really Deserves a Rematch?
Commenting on this matter, Cormier who is the second fighter to hold two division belts simultaneously, still feels Cejudo owes it to Johnson to give him one more fight after the split-decision win.
“I love Henry, and I love his idea that he wants to be a two-weight champ. Cool thing to do now. But if anybody deserves a rematch, it’s Demetrious Johnson. Come on; he lost a split decision after 11 title defences. If Demetrious Johnson doesn’t get a rematch, there is no hope for any of us in the entire world, because that means that nothing you could ever do will warrant getting an immediate title shot [rematch].”
Playing the devil’s advocate, Rogan then asked what difference was Johnson not getting an immediate rematch to DC looking forward to a ‘money fight’ vs former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar instead of giving Miocic a well-deserved rematch.
As we all know, Miocic is the first fighter in the heavyweight division’s history ever to defend the belt more than two times. Lesnar, on the other hand, has not fought since July 2016 and had a pair of drug test failures on his record.
“Kiss my ass if you think I don’t deserve that.”
On a recent interview regarding DC and Lesnar’s face-off inside the Octagon, Miocic states ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show:
“I cleaned out the division. I defended it more than anyone, and you’re gonna tell me I don’t deserve a chance to get it back? Get out of here. Kiss my ass if you don’t think I deserve that.”
Despite this, DC thinks Johnson deserving an immediate rematch is different from Miocic wanting one from him too. In fact, he’s willing to fight him again once the Lesnar fight becomes unattainable.
“[Miocic] should [get a rematch], but he went three [defenses]. Three is a lot different than 11. And also, if Brock Lesnar was staring at Stipe, that would happen, but I’ll tell you this right now, I’ll tell you this on record:
“If Brock Lesnar doesn’t make it to the fight for any reason, I’ll fight Stipe again. That is not a problem.”
Here’s a little throwback on Johnson vs Cejudo at UFC 227:
"WHAT A FIGHT! WHAT A FIGHT! WHAT A FIGHT!" 🔥
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo was an absolute WAR!
For the first time EVER, we have a new flyweight champion 👊 pic.twitter.com/PpKXXTf2yG
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) August 5, 2018
“There is no reason I wouldn’t fight Stipe. I’m only fighting Brock because I’m fighting Brock. But if he doesn’t make it, I’ll fight Stipe again. There you go.”
DC Reveals Rematch Vs Miocic is His Back Up Plan if Lesnar Can’t Fight