Ryan Bader’s Management Reached Out To UFC For Daniel Cormier Fight

While it’s almost impossible now, Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader did make an effort to fight former UFC heavyweight title-holder Daniel Cormier. Cormier and Bader were previously slated to fight in a light heavyweight bout when they were both in the UFC. And with both fighters holding the heavyweight title for their respective promotions over […]

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While it’s almost impossible now, Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader did make an effort to fight former UFC heavyweight title-holder Daniel Cormier.

Cormier and Bader were previously slated to fight in a light heavyweight bout when they were both in the UFC. And with both fighters holding the heavyweight title for their respective promotions over the past year, there was talk of a potential cross-promotional fight.

That’s not happening now especially after Cormier lost his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic last month at UFC 241. However, Bader tried to make it happen as his management reached out to the UFC:

“You know where I stand on the Cormier fight, I wanted that fight forever,” Ryan Bader told MMA Fighting. “We tried to get Cormier [in] cross-promotion, champ-champ versus champ-champ fight, we reached out to see if there was any interest in doing a little cross-promotion. It’s probably never going to happen but you never know. It’s happened before in boxing, I don’t see the UFC doing it with Bellator but you never know.

“My manager has a relationship with both [organizations] and he threw the idea out there. I don’t think it went too far but it’s one of those things where eventually something like that is going to happen. You never know. It could happen with us.”

In reality, it doesn’t seem likely even if Cormier did retain his title against Miocic. But even if that fight never happens, Bader still believes he’s the best heavyweight in the world:

“For me, I believe that [I am the best],” he added. “If you don’t believe that, then you shouldn’t be in this sport. I do believe I’m the best in the world.

I believe coming up to heavyweight, I can shine. That’s where I feel the best in terms of being agile, speed, cardio, all that kind of stuff plus I have the power. It was nice to get that recognition, too. So now I just have to go out there and continue to prove it.”

Bader defends his heavyweight title against Cheick Kongo at Bellator 226 this weekend.

Who do you think would have won in a Cormier vs. Bader fight?

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Kenny Florian Thinks Daniel Cormier Should Retire

Kenny Florian believes now is the time for former UFC “champ-champ” Daniel Cormier to hang up his gloves. Cormier put the heavyweight title on the line against Stipe Miocic in a rematch at UFC 241 last month. Cormier knocked out Miocic in t…

Kenny Florian believes now is the time for former UFC “champ-champ” Daniel Cormier to hang up his gloves. Cormier put the heavyweight title on the line against Stipe Miocic in a rematch at UFC 241 last month. Cormier knocked out Miocic in their first encounter back in July 2018, but the Cleveland native got his […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Hopes Daniel Cormier Fights Stipe Miocic Again And Retires

Daniel Cormier’s recent loss hurt everyone at American Kickboxing Academy, including UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Cormier appeared to be on his way to winning his UFC 241 rematch with Stipe Miocic earlier this month. However, Miocic persevered and went on to knock Cormier out in the fourth round to regain the heavyweight title. Things […]

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Daniel Cormier’s recent loss hurt everyone at American Kickboxing Academy, including UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Cormier appeared to be on his way to winning his UFC 241 rematch with Stipe Miocic earlier this month. However, Miocic persevered and went on to knock Cormier out in the fourth round to regain the heavyweight title.

Things were made worse when Cormier’s father passed away a few days later. It only added to what were a couple of days to forget for everyone at AKA.

“When DC loses, it was a very sad moment for us,” Nurmagomedov said during the UFC 242 media conference call (via MMA Fighting). “Same time, Cain Velasquez lost his mother and after a couple of days, DC lost his father. It was a little bit hard week for all AKA team but it is what it is. When God wants something, nobody can change this. Losing the belt is nothing when you lose your father or mother. When you lose belt, of course DC is sad but when you lose your father, it’s completely different.

“We feel bad for him but we know how DC is a competitor, how DC is strong. I want to wish him good luck. We just talked with him a couple of days ago. We talked with him about my fight, we talk about his fight, about his father, but I just try to give him good energy. Right now he’s having a hard time in his life but time changes everything. I know he’s going to be good.”

Many wondered if Cormier would ponder retirement following the loss. For Nurmagomedov’s part, he hopes “DC” decides against it and fights Miocic one more time.

“I really want him to fight with Stipe Miocic rematch and finish his career,” Nurmagomedov added. “This is what I want.

“I don’t know about his plan but honestly I want him to fight maybe February or March, fight with him last fight and then finish.”

What do you think Cormier will do?

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Khabib Hopes Daniel Cormier Ends Career With Stipe Miocic Trilogy Fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov would like to see Daniel Cormier attempt to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title before retiring. Cormier’s fighting future is uncertain following UFC 241. Going into the rematch with Stipe Miocic, Cormier said it very well could…

Khabib Nurmagomedov would like to see Daniel Cormier attempt to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title before retiring. Cormier’s fighting future is uncertain following UFC 241. Going into the rematch with Stipe Miocic, Cormier said it very well could be his last fight. Cormier lost the heavyweight gold via fourth-round TKO. His record against Miocic now […]

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Former UFC Champ Reveals Why Miocic vs. Cormier III Shouldn’t Happen

Stipe Miocic regained the UFC heavyweight title with a rousing performance over Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 241. Miocic rebounded from a knockout loss in his first fight with Cormier, and also from a deficit on the scorecards in the second …

Stipe Miocic regained the UFC heavyweight title with a rousing performance over Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 241. Miocic rebounded from a knockout loss in his first fight with Cormier, and also from a deficit on the scorecards in the second fight. The Cleveland, Ohio-based firefighter made a pivotal adjustment in the […]

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Cain Velasquez Believes Daniel Cormier Wants Stipe Miocic Trilogy

Daniel Cormier’s future in fighting is unknown. After he lost to Stipe Miocic to lose the heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 241 there was a chance that was his last fight. Yet, according to Cain Velasquez, he thinks ‘DC’ want…

Daniel Cormier’s future in fighting is unknown. After he lost to Stipe Miocic to lose the heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 241 there was a chance that was his last fight. Yet, according to Cain Velasquez, he thinks ‘DC’ wants to return. Not only does he thinks Cormier wants to return, but […]

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