Daniel Cormier’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career is slowly coming to an end, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champ-champ is set to retire in the first quarter of 2019.
Up next for “DC” is his first-ever heavyweight title defense, as he will put his strap on the line against Derrick Lewis this Saturday night (Nov. 3, 2018) at UFC 230 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
After that, there is no telling exactly what Cormier will do next. While his dream scenario would be to end his career with a big-money title fight against Brock Lesnar, “Black Beast” can ruin that with a single punch. There is also the possibility of dropping back down to light heavyweight. But, Daniel will only do that for one man.
“I will only go to 205 to fight against Jones. It’s the only person I will go back down for. If Gustafsson wins this fight, 205 means nothing to me anymore. The only guy I will go down to fight is Jones,” he said on a recent appearance on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show.
Jones has two wins over “DC,” though his last one at UFC 214 was overturned to a no-contest after “Bones” pissed hot for United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA). It’s because of that failed test that a third fight between the two men is possible.
As far as Anthony Smith — who submitted Volkan Oezdemir last Saturday in Moncton — getting into the title picture, Cormier says “Lionheart” has a lot of work to do if he wants to be elite.
“He had to get carried out of the Octagon after three rounds? That’s crazy. If you get that tired, you have no chance against me. Honestly, if he fights Jones and he gets that tired, he is in trouble. You can not get that tired,” he added.
“If I have any advice for Anthony Smith going forward; Jones, Gustafsson and myself, you have got to be pushing the cardio because we are going to be pushing the whole time. Gustafsson made me work for 25 minutes, Jon Jones made me work for 25, and then 15 minutes the last time we fought. You can not be able to go 10 or 12 minutes and get that tired, you just can’t,” said Cormier.
“He’s got to really get himself, get used to or better at going at a long fight. When you get to the top of 205, they are the best in the entire world regardless of weight class. You better be ready. He fought well against Volkan, but that type of performance will not get it done against any of us.”
Smith, I’m sure, would agree.
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