At 39 years old, the career window for Daniel Cormier is starting to close.
Which is sad to think about considering he just became a dual UFC champion over the weekend – only the second man to do it. But after his knockout of Stipe Miocic to become the heavyweight champion at UFC 226, Cormier, also the 205-pound champ, remained steadfast in a previous timeline he set for himself: He won’t be fighting beyond March 20, 2019, when he turns 40.
The way Cormier sees it, he has two fights left in him.
“If I fight in November, I can fight again in March and be done,” he said.
So, for our latest Daily Debate question, we asked MMAjunkie Readers and MMAjunkie Radio listeners: Which two fights are most likely to be Cormier’s final bouts.
The results, via Twitter:
You’ll note that all four of our options included Brock Lesnar. That’s because a defense of the heavyweight title against the former UFC champ seems all but a lock, with Lesnar and Cormier getting physical inside the octagon following the UFC 226 headliner. UFC President Dana White even said “we’re definitely going to make that fight,” but it’s on the shelf until at least Jan. 8, 2019, which is when Lesnar’s suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will be over.
So that leaves three other viable options for a second fight: A Jon Jones trilogy at either light heavyweight or heavyweight; an Alexander Gustafsson rematch at 205 pounds; or a rematch with Miocic.
In the end, it’s all up to “DC” and what he wants to do.
To hear the MMAjunkie Radio crew of “Gorgeous” George, “Goze” and Dan Tom weigh in on the topic, watch the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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