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Bruce Buffer on Daniel Cormier: ‘He could just retire on top’

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Bruce Buffer has some pragmatic advice for Daniel Cormier as the heavyweight champ weighs his next move.

Jon Jones has a lot of options for big fights, should he manage to keep those darn longterm metabolites out of his drug tests. But one of the biggest fights he could do is undoubtedly a trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier, the man who held his belt while Jones sat on the sidelines under suspension.

”Bones” seems down. So does “DC.” But not everyone agrees that it’s the best idea. Bruce Buffer was at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in the Bahamas to compete in a PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, and the Sunday Express asked him about the fight.

”I don’t think it should happen unless they want it to happen,” Buffer said. “I think that Cormier has made what I would guess to be a tremendous amount of money in his last three fights. He has a fight potentially scheduled with Brock Lesner for a couple of months from now. If that comes to fruition then he is going to make a tremendous amount of money out of the fight.”

”He is at a point now, being a double belt holder and all, he could just retire on top. But, money talks, people walk and you never know how much money will be involved. If you said ‘hey I want Jon and you to fight’ then he is going to do what he needs to do.”

Buffer sounds a little out of the loop. While the Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar fight hyped at UFC 226 isn’t officially dead, it’s also a long shot. The general understanding is WWE threw another big wad of cash at Lesnar so he’d fill in for Roman Reigns, who is battling leukemia.

That would have been a nice relatively easy paycheck for Cormier to take before riding off into the sunset. But the other choices aren’t as easy: Cormier has talked about granting Stipe Miocic a rematch if Lesnar isn’t available. That’s definitely a tougher match. And if he sticks around, another fight against Jones probably wouldn’t go well, based on history.

What do you think Daniel Cormier should do? As Bruce Buffer suggests, should he know when to fold ‘em?