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Dana White: I’d let Daniel Cormier defend both belts

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It sounds like both White and Cormier are open to a light heavyweight title defense before a Lesnar fight.

MMA: UFC 226-Miocic vs Cormier Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

What’s next for Daniel Cormier after he took the heavyweight belt off Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, becoming just the second fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at once? The most likely answer is Brock Lesnar, who came into the cage and gave Cormier a less than friendly shove (watch it here). But with Lesnar set to spend six months on the sidelines being tested by USADA, is there any chance Cormier could come back at light heavyweight next?

According to UFC president Dana White, Cormier could indeed end up defending both belts.

”He’s a guy I would let do that,” White said at the post-fight press conference. “I gotta talk to Cormier, we haven’t talked about any of this stuff yet, but we will talk this week about the two belts, what he wants to do. Maybe he defends his light heavyweight belt.”

Cormier himself didn’t sound against the idea of another fight before the Lesnar fight, but it would have to be big money.

”I’m at a point now where it’s going to be very difficult to fight a Curtis Blaydes or ... I don’t even know who’s coming up at 205 to be honest with you,” Cormier said. “Maybe Gustafsson fights well in August. But last time Gustafsson and I fought, we made no money. He’s got all these fans but nobody buys PPVs. So it’s weird.”

”It’s like, do you want to go to war and make so much less money? If I fight Brock Lesnar, I’m getting paid. So these guys are going to have to do something very special to earn a fight for the 205 pound belt, and I’ll do it. I’ll go down and fight and wait for Brock. So I could fight again around November. I could fight again around March and be done.”

Cormier blew off Alexander Volkov as a potential opponent, but paused when another Alexander’s name came back up.

”If Gustafsson does something very special I’ll go fight him again, because he’s been acting like he won the first fight,” Cormier said. “Gustafsson can get it.”

That certainly adds an interesting dimension to the Alexander Gustafsson vs. Volkan Oezdemir fight going down at UFC 227 on August 4th.