Earlier this year, Cormier set a hard date for his retirement from the sport, March 2019 when he turns 40 years old, and all indications have been that he intends to stick to that. But after moving back up to heavyweight to claim his second title and become only the second ever UFC double champ, it’s clear that Cormier still has plenty of fight left in him, at least, that’s what White is hoping for.
“I don’t know [if Cormier’s last fight will be next year],” White told TMZ Sports recently. “We don’t know that either yet. I think Cormier’s got a couple left in him.”
And while Cormier has held firm to his retirement plans, there is still plenty left for him to accomplish in MMA. For one, he has his planned superfight with Brock Lesnar early next year when Lesnar becomes eligible to compete again. Then, after that, there’s the small matter of settling his issues with Jon Jones.
Jones and Cormier share one of the biggest rivalries in UFC history, and with Jones making his return to the Octagon in December to compete for the light heavyweight title the UFC will strip Cormier of, a third bout between the two, with the grandest prize in MMA on the line, is a promoter’s dream, and one White hopes to capitalize on if he can convince DC to stick around beyond March.
“I hope so,” said White. “That was what I would like. I would like to see Jones and Cormier fight at heavyweight but right now, Cormier’s team wants him to retire right now. They want him to retire right now. I hope we can get three more fights out of him.”
Cormier is currently riding high off of his second-round submission over Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 and is unwavering in his determination to retire by March. Of course, all of this hinges on if Brock Lesnar is unable to compete next year, and Lesnar is anything but a sure bet. If Lesnar doesn’t, then maybe White will get the fight he wants to see after all.
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Dillon Danis is a strange duck.
So is Khabib.
The King of Rock and Rumble knows.
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Andre Fili also knows.
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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
Also that evening, Gegard Mousasi got his revenge, knocking out Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 99, and Ryan Bader competed in the UFC for the last time, knocking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in their rematch at UFC Fight Night 100.
Anyway, thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
Does DC retire by March?
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Yes. He holds strong to his timeline.
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