Daniel Cormier saw the dollar signs when Dana White claimed Brock Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon, and he wants in.
Speaking with the media over the weekend, Cormier admitted he was salivating at the possibility of a lucrative date with Lesnar, who White recently maintained was UFC bound during the promotion’s 25th-anniversary presser. But he’ll have to earn that opportunity with a victory over reigning heavyweight king Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on July 7.
“That thing never happens unless I get past Stipe, but just hearing it out loud was like, oh my goodness,” Cormier said. “Hey, I know that when I fight Jon Jones, I make a lot of money. I know that if I was to ever fight a Brock Lesnar, I’m going to make even more money than I’ve ever made in my entire life. And ultimately, championships and money is why we do this.
“I don’t care for all the other stuff. I want to get paid. I’m almost 40, the door’s about to close on me, so why not ride out into the sunset with a massive payday? Truckloads of money. Back up the Brinks truck to Gilroy, California if you fight Brock Lesnar, I’m telling you.”
Tempting as the cabbage might be, Cormier said he’s sticking to his plan of retiring once he hits 40, and if a meeting with Lesnar – who’d have to serve the six months on his USADA ban before making a comeback – doesn’t materialize before March 20, 2019, then so be it. That said, the light heavyweight king aims to make the most of the 11 months he has left, beginning with a win over Miocic that would make him just the fifth two-division titleholder in UFC history.
“That’s the biggest thing. Ultimately, I am a competitor and I’m about accomplishments, achievements, and being remembered. The curtain’s coming down on me. So all of this, and all the stuff that I do all of the time, that’s all going to be gone. All that’s going to be left are the memories of what I did, and if I can accomplish something on July 7, those memories will last for a real long time. So, ultimately, that’s the goal. Everything else will be fine.”
Should he get his hand raised on July 7, Cormier won’t neglect his light heavyweight throne, especially if longtime teammate and former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez makes another title run.
“I’m going to go back. There are fights down there for me, and I would hope that Cain would come back and fight at heavyweight and become the champ again.
“I would (step aside) again. Again. I would do it again, as I did the first time. … I’m not fighting Cain Velasquez. I would never, ever fight Cain Velasquez. Nope, nope, I would never do it. So yeah, if it meant giving up the belt, that’s what I would do.”