UFC champ Daniel Cormier not worried about Jon Jones stealing Brock Lesnar fight

LAS VEGAS – Daniel Cormier can’t imagine a situation where the UFC reneges on its plans to book him in a heavyweight championship fight against Brock Lesnar.

Losing his belt to Derrick Lewis (20-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 230 next month might change all that, but assuming Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) lives up to his end of the bargain and defends the gold, he expects to be the one welcoming Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) back to the octagon next year, and not anyone else.

That goes specific for Jon Jones (21-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC), who likely would have been the one getting the Lesnar fight had he not been ruled out of competition for the past 15 months due to a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension. “Bones” is back, though, and if he can defeat Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) for light heavyweight gold at UFC 232 in December, who knows what would happen next.

But even if Jones has his most impressive performance ever and calls out Lesnar post-fight, Cormier said he has no reason to believe the UFC brass would oblige.

“No (I’m not worried about Jones taking that fight from me),” Cormier told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a recent UFC 230 media day. “I’ve got to be honest with you: Over the course of my career I haven’t been done like that. I haven’t had anything promised to me that hasn’t been delivered. The UFC’s been good to me. I don’t worry about that.

“I know I’m going to fight Lesnar. There’s nobody or anything that could change that. They’ve never done me like that, so there’s no reason to believe it would start now.”

Although Cormier, 39, said he’s never been done dirty by the UFC, it’s not as if the organization has a spotless record when it comes to setting up fights then shifting plans when needed. Cormier has every intention of getting in the cage with Lesnar, though, and said the fight will be even bigger after he defends his belt against Lewis at UFC 230, which takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Cormier could have a potential trilogy bout with Jones on the horizon if he can win at UFC 230, but he said the majority of his interest revolved around the Lesnar, 41, fight. A third bout with Jones drives his competitive fire, but from a financial standpoint, Cormier said Lesnar is the fight to make.

“When I was on the (UFC 200) card he was fighting Mark Hunt, he wasn’t fighting for the title or it might’ve been even bigger,” Cormier said. “Think about it: He fought Mark Hunt in the co-main event and we did 1.2 million buys. Imagine if he’s fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world? People will truly tune in.”

Cormier said he also wants to fight Lesnar so they can settle the score. The fight was first brought to light when Cormier captured the heavyweight belt with a first-round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 in July. Lesnar entered the octagon and started a scuffle with Cormier, and now “DC” wants to see the fight through.

“When I was in there with Lesnar on July 7 and he pushed me, I was like, ‘Holy (expletive),’ I’m having a WrestleMania moment. I’ve got to be honest. I was having a WrestleMania moment. It was the greatest thing ever. I wanted to hit him, but my hand was hurting. He was big and I was kind of thrown off. His outfit was kind of jacked up. … I want to fight Brock. It will be fun.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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