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Already three months past his self-imposed retirement deadline, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier recently stated that his UFC 242 headlining rematch with Stipe Miocic could be the final fight of his UFC career.
Having been an All-American in wrestling in college and twice representing the United States on the Olympic team, Cormier (22-1, 1NC) has achieved a lot at every level of his career. That includes his decade in mixed martial arts.
Cormier initially achieved notoriety in MMA as a reserve in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. He was essentially the back-up plan. He took full advantage, defeating Josh Barnett in the final to become the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion.
Moving on to the UFC, Cormier quickly transitioned to light heavyweight since his teammate and close friend Cain Velasquez was lighting up the heavyweight division. He has had a storied rivalry with current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
It took a couple years, but Cormier eventually won the light heavyweight championship after Jones was stripped of the belt because of outside of the cage issues.
Cormier eventually went on to become the promotion’s second dual-division champion when he took the heavyweight belt from Miocic at UFC 226 in July of 2018. He is also the UFC’s first such champion to defend at least one of his belts while simultaneously holding the other.
Cormier was forced to relinquish the light heavyweight title, as he staved off his self-imposted retirement date of March 20, 2019 (his fortieth birthday) in hopes of landing a blockbuster bout with WWE superstar and former UFC champion Brock Lesnar. That bout never materialized, as UFC president Dana White recently stated that Lesnar opted to retire from mixed martial arts.
Always insisting that Miocic had earned a rematch, Cormier decided to continue his UFC career and agreed to fight Miocic in the UFC 242 main event slated for Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Though there is lingering animosity with Jones, with whom Cormier has had numerous memorable encounters inside and outside of the Octagon, the bout with Miocic may prove to be Cormier’s final fight.
Cormier knows that Miocic is going to enter this fight a better version of the man he faced at UFC 226, so he’s not etching anything in stone at this point.
“I truly believe (Miocic) is going to be a better version of himself,” Cormier said in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “I don’t think for a second that he’s going to make the same mistakes he did last time. I think it’ll be a much more difficult fight.”
Cormier knocked Miocic at the 4:33 mark of the first round at UFC 226. He’s under know misconception that it will happen that way again, but he full believes that he’ll “get it done again” and, if that happens, don’t be surprised if he then decides to ride off into the sunset. After all, he had already promised to retire by mid-March.
“I always said that I was gonna fight [until I was 40] which would have been March. I couldn’t make that one, so if I hold true to what I was saying, then this would be the final one. I don’t anticipate fighting much past this.”
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Tony Ferguson may finally be getting his long-awaited crack at an undisputed UFC championship.
While guest hosting a recent episode of the LVSportsBiz.com’s Guerilla Cross Radio, UFC president ]Dana White addressed the state of the lightweight division. Touching on Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC), White discussed the status on each of the four fighters.
“Khabib is fighting Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September,” White told host Alan Snel. He then added, “Then I don’t know, we’ll see. Tony Ferguson just came off a great win this weekend over ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, and I’m assuming he’s next.”
If a UFC title shot is indeed next for Ferguson, it will be his first time contending for the undisputed championship. Ferguson won the interim lightweight strap at UFC 216 in Oct. 2017 when he defeated Kevin Lee by third-round submission.
Currently riding a 12-fight win streak, Ferguson is 15-1 overall in the UFC, with wins coming over four former title contenders or former champions. Ferguson owns nine finishes in that stretch, winning six by submission and three by knockout/TKO.
In the same interview, White went on to comment on the future of Conor McGregor and how he fits into the stacked 155-pound division.
“We’ll see what happens with Conor— what Conor wants to do Conor is super rich,” White said. “It’s hard to get guys to fight when they’re super rich.”
Nurmagomedov and Poirier are expected to headline the UFC 242 card in Abu Dhabi on September 9. The card will air live on pay-per-view— a rare daytime pay-per-view for North American audiences.
You can hear more from White’ interview in the video linked above.
For more on the upcoming schedule, check out our UFC Rumors section.
Heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko has signed a new multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, per Bellator boss Scott Coker. According to Coker, this new contract will see Emelianenko embark on a “retirement tour,” taking on foes of a similar vintage in the final bouts of his career.
“It’s a multi-fight deal, multi-year [deal] and this is going to be his retirement tour,” Coker told the media after Bellator 222 (via MMA Mania). “I think we’d like to take him to a lot of countries and cities that maybe haven’t seen him in a long time or have never seen him. It’s going to be fun when we roll this thing out.
One matchup that comes to mind for Fedor Emelianenko in this final lap of his career is a long desired showdown with Josh Barnett, who recently signed on with Bellator.
Coker says this matchup is definitely an option, as is a fight between Emelianenko and former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
“That’s definitely one of the names we’ve approached with Fedor,” Coker said of Barnett. “He’s fine with it. That would be a timing issue. I’m not sure if that’s going to be the very first fight but I think we have a great roster that he can fight.
“I think [Quinton] “Rampage” Jackson versus Fedor, I think of Josh Barnett, there’s a couple other fighters out there that just come to my mind.”
Who do you want to see Fedor Emelianenko fight in the final bouts of his MMA career?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/16/2019.
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