Daniel Cormier has one amazing idea for a fight that could serve as his final outing as a professional mixed martial artist and to be honest, it would be a spectacle fitting for a career as great as his.
It took quite a bit of time but finally, after years and years of being in the shadow of the troubled former-champion Jon Jones, it finally seems as though Daniel Cormier is getting the love and admiration he deserves.
Sure, his performances inside the octagon have gotten better and better, but with his roles working both as an analyst for UFC on FOX and as a commentator for the UFC – a position he seems to be making his own, the fans have gotten to know DC more and when you couple that with the rather public fall from grace of his great rival Jones, 2017 made for a year that Cormier truly pushed his appeal to the next level.
With him scheduled to take on the fast-rising Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220, a win would serve to re-establish him as one of the world’s top-3 pound-for-pound fighters but in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Cormier outlined a plan that – if successful – could really make his argument for G.O.A.T-status legitimate.
“It would be the most amazing thing in the world to challenge the UFC heavyweight champion as my final fight, but that would take some thinking, some talking and a real solid plan to try to get back to the type of weight that I would need to compete against [Miocic or Ngannou]. Because, again, I’m not going in there to lose and say I gave it my best shot.
“If I go in there with Miocic or Ngannou, I’m going to win. That’s just who I am. So that would just be me and my team really coming up with a solid plan on how I’m going to get up to a healthy, strong, 245, 235, 240 pounds to go and fight those dudes.
“Even if I did heavyweight again. I feel like at heavyweight, at my best, I was only fighting around 235, so I’d have to get 235 and real healthy and strong. I still feel like [my fight with Josh Barnett] is one of my greatest performances to this day. I still think for all the fights that I had – I fought very well against Dan Henderson, I fought very well against Alexander Gustafsson – I still feel like that’s one of my best performances.”
With the title of the ‘baddest man on the planet’ also up for grabs at UFC 220, Cormier will surely have an extra level of interest in the night’s main-event which, like he said, features the eagerly anticipated matchup between Francis Ngannou and the champ Stipe Miocic.
DC actually went 13-0 as a heavyweight before making the drop to 205lbs, beating the likes of Josh Barnett, Roy Nelson and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva as well as capturing the Strikeforce title just prior to making the switch to the UFC so with Jon Jones presumably out of the picture, one would have to think that a stab at becoming a two-weight world champion would simply be too good an opportunity to pass up for the former-Olympian.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena