Cormier: “I Don’t Know” If This Is My Last Fight

Daniel Cormier discussed his fight with Stipe Miocic, as well as a potential rematch with Jon Jones

Zach Gelb
August 17, 2019 - 1:24 am
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Daniel Cormier will face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship at UFC 241 on Saturday in a fight that, win or lose, could be the last of Cormier’s career.

“I don’t know,” Cormier said on The Zach Gelb Show, when asked if this would be his final appearance in the octagon. “I’m just trying to live in this moment right now. I think when you think about the fight and you start looking forward to what’s next, it’s too tempting to wear nice suits and stand next to the octagon and call fights, so I try not to think about it right now. If it happens to be, then it happens to be. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. But I know that I need to just be completely focused trying to beat Stipe Miocic on Saturday.”

Cormier beat Miocic for the belt at UFC 226 in July 2018 thanks to a first-round knockout. He expects a tougher match this time around.

“I think he’ll be better, and he’ll be ready to go,” Cormier said. “He’s a champion. He’s a guy that defended that belt more than anyone in history. I think it’ll be tougher, but I think I still get the job done.”

Cormier was asked whether he would ever fight Jon Jones again.

“It’ll be up to me,” Cormier said of one of the sport’s most complex rivalries. “If I want to fight Jones again, I’ll fight Jones again. But it’s going to be my decision. It’s not going to be up to him. I’m the heavyweight champion of the world. I’ll decide when I fight again. I just haven’t made that determination yet. I’m so busy worrying about the guy that is the greatest heavyweight champion of all time and an opportunity to beat him again.”

Jones beat Cormier by decision in January 2015. The July 2017 fight, originally a knockout win for Jones, was ruled a no contest after Jones tested positive for turinabol.

Cormier, who is 21-1 (1 NC) in his career, was asked if he is the greatest UFC fighter of all time.

“I feel like I’m in the conversation for sure,” he said. “I don’t think me having the losses to Jones really affects it just because of all the things that have linked to our rivalry with the steroids and all the other things. I don’t think the losses should really determine how people view what I have done, if I’m being honest. If he would have beat me and there would have been no things tied to the victory, sure, call him the greatest. But as with baseball and every other sport in the world, when you have positive tests on your record, you should not be in that conversation.”