UFC fighter Daniel Cormier said a fight with Brock Lesnar will be his last before retirement, but it won’t be the next time he steps in the Octagon.
He revealed as much during an interview with TMZ Sports, saying he wants to fight another opponent before Lesnar since the latter won’t be cleared to fight until 2019. Lesnar appeared at UFC 226—where Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic—and shoved his future opponent, setting up plenty of hype for an eventual meeting.
Cormier told TMZ he won’t return the favor and show up at SummerSlam when Lesnar is fighting. He also said he hasn’t started extensive training yet since he is still bouncing back from the broken hand he suffered at UFC 226.
UFC shared the altercation between Cormier and Lesnar at UFC 226, where the former called the WWE star out on the microphone before being shoved:
Lesnar will be hard-pressed to defeat the veteran Cormier considering he hasn’t won a UFC fight since 2010. What’s more, Steven Ruiz of USA Today noted Cormier became just the second fighter in history to hold belts in different weight classes at the same time as a result of the win over Miocic.
Cormier figures to have an advantage when it comes to boxing or even wrestling even though Lesnar has the size advantage.
This isn’t the first time Cormier has discussed retirement. He appeared on The MMA Hour in January, per Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting, and said, "I’m going to be done by March 20, 2019…I’m done, I’m going to be done at 40."
He is apparently looking to cap off a formidable career with a victory over Lesnar.