What is left for Daniel Cormier?
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Daniel Cormier is currently set to headline UFC 230 to save the day. For many years now he has seemed to be a company man, but as his career is certainly winding down, how much does he have left to give and how many more times will we get to see his famous run to the octagon?
Before talking about his future, it is important to quickly cover the present. This weekend, Daniel Cormier defends his Heavyweight strap against Derrick Lewis. Lewis, a prolific knockout artist, is not shy about wanting to knock out the second Champ-Champ in UFC history, although it is for an odd reason: he disrespected Popeye’s Chicken. I for one have no opinion on the matter, but being willing to knock out a man for not liking a certain fried chicken chain says a lot about who Derrick Lewis is: a loyal man to his chicken. Jokes aside, I love Derrick Lewis, and even wrote about it here, and DC should fear his power. If he avoids that power, he should be able to get through the beloved Lewis.
Moving on, it is clear that his fights are numbered, as he is nearing 40 years old and has already begun his transition to commentating, a role that I enjoy more and more. So, with two, three fights maximum left in what has been a fantastic career, who does it make sense for DC to fight?
Jon Jones at Heavyweight
This is an easy one. They say that there is no rivalry when you get beat twice, but twice Jon Jones has failed drug tests for the fights, and got pulled out of a third one due to a drug test failure. Whether it helped his performance or not is unclear, it is clear that he broke the rules and still got to fight. Plus, the second fight was a no-contest. A heavyweight bout does make sense. Jon Jones will likely take the 205 belt back at the end of this year, and he will want to follow in Cormier’s footprints and become a Champ-Champ. DC should not have to go through a difficult weight cut to potentially not even fight Jones, as Jones tends to mess things up for himself and all of those involved on more than one occasion.
This is a fun one. The promo that he pulled off after DC won the belt at UFC 226 still gives me goosebumps, and it is something that will sell a bajllion PPVs, making business sense for the company. There is a question as to whether or not Lesnar deserves a title shot (which he doesn’t) and what it would mean to the legitimacy of the division and company if he is granted a shot. There is one thing to say about that: it is Brock Lesnar. He is a guy that gets what he wants, similar to Conor McGregor. He is a legitimate fighter, unlike a CM Punk-type, who is also a former Heavyweight champion. That means he beat the baddest man on the planet once, so it isn’t like he’s a bum that hasn’t won anything. It sounds like DC’s interst is fading in this fight, but it would still be a lot of fun to see.
This is a practical one. This is who Cormier beat a few months ago to win the belt, and he is the greatest Heavyweight in UFC history, setting a record for title defenses along the way. He has been campaigning for this fight, obviously, as he feels he can get it right the second time around. Cormier has shown that he would be willing to give a rematch, but he accepted the Lewis fight because he is not 100% yet, so he did not feel comfortable fighting Stipe this upcoming weekend.
Regardless of who it is, I’m excited to see Daniel Cormier fight and will appreciate him as long as we have him as a fighter. However, I feel that if he gets knocked out by Lewis or anyone else on this list, that will be the end of his career. I think he is a smart man and doesn’t want to take unnecessary risks with his health.
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