According to Cormier, he had to postpone a commentary audition with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in light of his short-notice booking opposite “Black Beast” for Nov. 3. The UFC champion was expecting to get in with WWE and work towards joining the promotion’s commentary team.
“If I didn’t have this fight, I have been talking to the WWE, because they wanted me to go in and do an audition as a member of the commentary team,” Cormier told reporters during UFC 230’s media day earlier this week (h/t MMA Fighting). “That was my private little thing. But because of the fight, I had to push it back. So there might be some DC in WWE shit coming.”
Cormier, who is an avid pro wrestling fan, is excited to crossover into WWE and learn the ropes from one of the best promoters of all time: WWE majority owner and acting CEO Vince McMahon.
“I like it,” Cormier said of WWE commentary. “I want to freak out. I want to freak out next to the thing with Vince in my ear saying, ‘Say this, you asshole!’ Because I heard Vince tells you what to say. I’m like, ‘OK, Vince.’ Don’t be surprised if I’m on TV and a couple times I go, ‘OK, OK, OK, OK.’ And just say it.”
While “DC” could fit in well with the current commentary team over at WWE he doesn’t plan on completely leaving UFC behind. Cormier loves the work he does for UFC inside and out of the Octagon so he’d like to juggle both opportunities.
“I never want to not be in the UFC,” Cormier explained. “I love calling fights. I just love being part of the UFC, man. It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of.
“[WWE is] new. It’s something new, right? This is home. Over there is new. And most times, new is fun and exciting. But I love being home. This is my place. I love the UFC.”
For now, despite a rumored UFC fight with WWE superstar Brock Lesnar, Cormier will have to dedicate all of his attention on his first official heavyweight title defense next month opposite Lewis.
UFC 230 will take place live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City and feature a new co-main event clash between former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Brazilian veteran Jacare Souza.
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