Daniel Cormier Confirms Brock Lesnar Will Be His Last Fight

Daniel Cormier confirmed his title fight with Brock Lesnar will be his last.

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Daniel Cormier knows exactly when he will call it a career.

The UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion has often said he would fight twice more before retiring in the time after his title-winning knockout over Stipe Miocic at July 7’s UFC 226, with one of those bouts being a title fight against returning former champion Brock Lesnar.

The fight was all but confirmed when the WWE champion stormed the Octagon when “DC” called him out with Miocic still recovering, inciting a circus-like scene that was maligned by many MMA fans and media members. But Cormier is trying to cash in in his final fights, and as one of the finest prizefighters the sport has ever seen, it’s tough to blame him.

Cormier has teased defending his 205-pound belt one more time before fighting Lesnar due to the hulking pro wrestler’s suspension with USADA not expiring until January next year. The all-time MMA great hope Lesnar will be his next fight, but regardless of what happens, “DC” recently confirmed to Damon Martin of MMAnytt (via MMA News) that Lesnar would be his last fight:

“He’ll be the last one. He’ll be the last fight of my career,” Cormier said about Lesnar. “Will he be next? I don’t know. I hope so but I’ve still got a belt to defend at 205 [pounds] to think about.”

Cormier tabbed former champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua for his next title defense if Rua can get past Anthony Smith in the UFC Hamburg main event this Sunday, a proposition that has many wondering if he’s merely trolling perceived top contender Alexander Gustafsson. To that suggestion, Cormier played it coy:

“I’ll let you guys figure that one out.”

If he does cut back down to 205 pounds to defend his first UFC title, the possibility to his focus wavering to the huge spectacle of a monster payday against Lesnar. The two-division king said it was a concern, but as the consummate pro, he had to fulfill his duty as champion no matter the name he fought next:

“It’s going to be difficult but as a professional, you have to approach every fight the same exact way,” Cormier said about being excited to face a light heavyweight contender first before fighting Lesnar. “I would prepare myself to win and to defend the title. Any time you’re in a UFC title fight it’s a big deal and for anybody to say they didn’t up for it is crazy.

“You’re a professional. You’re a fighter. You have to get up for these events.”

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Stipe Miocic Rips ‘Disrespectful’ Brock Lesnar Antics, Demands Title Rematch

It took just over a week but Stipe Miocic is finally fired up about the antics that went on at the UFC 226 show.

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It took just over a week but Stipe Miocic is finally fired up about the antics that went on at the UFC 226 show.

As seen in the main event of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Daniel Cormier scored a KO win over Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight title, which marks history as Cormier is now a two-division champion.

As expected, after the fight, Miocic handled it with class and he made no excuses as to why he didn’t win this super fight but that has changed as the antics of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has upset him and now is voicing his true feelings about how he felt about the situation.

“It was a s— show, and it was disrespectful,” Miocic told ESPN when asked about Lesnar’s appearance at UFC 226. “I didn’t think that was what the UFC was all about.”

“I thought they were going to interview me (after the fight) and I was going to ask for a rematch,” Miocic said. “When Brock came in, I said, ‘I’m out of here, I don’t need this circus.’ How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?”

Miocic would go onto say that he hopes that the promotion will at least consider making an immediate rematch against Cormier because he thinks it’s the professional thing to do and that he will not take any other option for his next fight except for a title fight.

“I want a title shot. I deserve it,” Miocic said. “This guy hasn’t fought in how long? For him to get a title shot, as I get thrown to the side? It just seems like they are desperate for pay-per-views.

“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 *** if you don’t think I deserve that.”

Miocic also stated that UFC President Dana White apologized to him for Lesnar entering the Octagon and an ensuing shoving contest with DC but Miocic didn’t take the apology as expected because he didn’t think it meant much. He also commented on the fact that he felt an accidental eye-poke in the first round affected his performance, which led to DC shortly finishing him with a devastating KO.

“It was like a two-second conversation, he apologized for everything that happened in the cage,” Miocic said. “I just said, ‘Whatever.’ The apology didn’t mean anything. That’s what they want to happen.”

“That hurt and it definitely f—ed me up a little bit,” Miocic said. “I didn’t realize the referee was warning him about it until after, when my coaches told me. They were all pissed. No excuses, but that s— hurt. And it’s not like it was just a little poke, it was knuckle deep.”

Cormier is expected to wait until January to fight Lesnar with the UFC heavyweight title being on the line which would set up for an interesting few months for Miocic if he doesn’t accept any other fight offered to him by the promotion.

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Stipe Miocic Goes Off on ‘Disrespectful’ Brock Lesnar Over UFC 226 Antics

Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has voiced his displeasure with the antics that went on following his loss at the UFC 226 pay-per-view event. After Daniel Cormier was able to score a KO win over Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight title in t…

Former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has voiced his displeasure with the antics that went on following his loss at the UFC 226 pay-per-view event. After Daniel Cormier was able to score a KO win over Miocic to win the UFC heavyweight title in the main event of the UFC 226 pay-per-view event at the […]

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Dominick Cruz Says Cormier Lured Miocic Into a Trap

Dominick Cruz believes Daniel Cormier baited Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Cormier challenged Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. “DC” captured the gold via first-round knockout. He is now a two-divis…

Dominick Cruz believes Daniel Cormier baited Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Cormier challenged Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. “DC” captured the gold via first-round knockout. He is now a two-division champion and is heading for a showdown with Brock Lesnar. Cruz appeared on the Monday Morning Analyst […]

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Junior dos Santos Welcomes Trilogy Bout With Stipe Miocic

Junior dos Santos certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a third bout with Stipe Miocic. Last night (July 14), dos Santos traded leather with Blagoy Ivanov. In the end, dos Santos’ footwork and gas tank were superior and it helped lead him to a u…

Junior dos Santos certainly wouldn’t be opposed to a third bout with Stipe Miocic. Last night (July 14), dos Santos traded leather with Blagoy Ivanov. In the end, dos Santos’ footwork and gas tank were superior and it helped lead him to a unanimous decision victory. It was a clean sweep for the former Ultimate […]

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Junior Dos Santos Eyes Title Eliminator Against Stipe Miocic

Junior Dos Santos has his sights set on redemption as he wants a fight with Stipe Miocic.

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Junior Dos Santos has his sights set on redemption as he wants a fight with Stipe Miocic.

As seen in the main event of the main card of Saturday’s (July 15, 2018) UFC Boise (also known as UFC Fight Night 133) at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, the former UFC heavyweight champion was able to pick up a unanimous decision win over Blagoy Ivanov.

In the fight, Dos Santos landed more strikes over the five rounds to take home the win on the judges’ scorecards, which put another W in the win column for the future UFC Hall of Famer. This was a big win for him for two reasons – his first win since suffering a knockout loss to Miocic in May of 2017 as that was his previous fight and the fact that this was his first fight in over one year.

JDS had been on the sidelines since he was flagged for a potential USADA anti-doping violation back in August of 2017 and as a result of that violation, he was forced out of his UFC 215 barnburner against hard-hitting and former title contender Francis Ngannou.

After the news came out, Dos Santos’ team clarified the situation by revealing he had tested positive for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide in the August 10 out-of-competition test.

Following the fight, JDS made it known that he wants another shot at the former UFC heavyweight champion.

“Everything negative goes away when you get the ‘W,’” Dos Santos said to MMAJunkie. “That would be a good fight, and I want that because I think we deserve it, both of us. Miocic was the champion that just lost the championship with one punch,” Dos Santos said. “That’s the heavyweight division. Sometimes, when you connect right on your (chin), you’re done.

“We’re going to have to wait a little bit now, because Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier will fight. We could do this fight, and maybe the winner will fight for the title.”

If you recall, JDS and Miocic have fought each other twice inside of the Octagon as their first fight came four years in a barnburner that saw Dos Santos pick up a unanimous decision win but it will be interesting to see if the UFC books this fight again due to the fact that Miocic will likely be on the sidelines for some time after suffering a KO loss to now-UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier earlier this month at the UFC 226 pay-per-view event.

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