Daniel Cormier on Possible Brock Lesnar Fight: 'I Want to Get Paid'

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2018

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - APRIL 06:   Daniel Cormier poses for photos during the UFC press conference inside Barclays Center on April 6, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier said he would welcome a fight with Brock Lesnar because it would be a lucrative opportunity for him.

Per MMAFighting's Shaun Al-Shatti, Cormier will fight heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on July 7 to set up a potential clash with Lesnar, and the American is relishing that possibility.

Cormier said:

"That thing never happens unless I get past Stipe, but just hearing out loud was like, oh my goodness.

"Hey, I know that when I fightย 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 inย [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 Brinks truck to Gilroy, California, if you fight Brock Lesnar, I'm telling you."

DC reacted positively when UFC president Dana White confirmed Lesnar would be a possible opponent for the winner of his fight with Miocic, per MMAFighting.com:

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.@dc_mma's reaction when Dana White said the winner of Miocic-Cormier could possibly face Brock Lesnar in the future ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ . Watch full video: https://t.co/8ubwE7Fc6Y https://t.co/cxfHzRsrbO

Lesnar ended a five-year retirement from MMA to fight Mark Hunt in 2016, but he retired again last year after being suspended for testing positive for a banned substance.

Despite signing a new deal with the WWE, it has been reported Lesnar can still fight in the UFC, per MMA Mania:

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Brock Lesnar's New WWE Contract Allows Him To Fight In The UFC Full story: https://t.co/89KTH0JbGv https://t.co/Z7cFt23Nv1

Cormier plans to retire on his 40th birthdayโ€”March 20 next yearโ€”and a sensational return for Lesnar would represent a significant late payoff before he closes the curtain on his career, provided the fight can be scheduled in time.

Lesnar will need to serve the remaining six months of his suspension when he re-enters the testing pool, which he would need to do before DC and Miocic face off if he's to be able to fight before the end of the year.

Miocic is a sizeable obstacle in DC's way, though, so there's no guarantee it will be he who is lined up to face the wrestling superstar.

The Croatian is 18-2 in the heavyweight division, while Cormierโ€”who is unbeaten at that levelโ€”has been fighting as a light heavyweight since 2014.

Their clash on July 7 already looks to be a mouthwatering prospect, and the possibility of the winner facing Lesnar only enhances the appeal further.