It’s no secret that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is planning to retire on his 40th birthday. And with that date fast approaching on March 20th of next year, he has a plan in place that he’d like to implement after he looks to make history against Stipe Miocic on July 7th.
As the first fighter to appear on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, Cormier confirmed that he plans to fight two more times before hanging up the gloves for good and he has two opponents in mind — Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones.
Should Cormier defeat Miocic at UFC 226, he would like to defend his title against Lesnar later this year before heading back to light heavyweight to fight Jones early next year.
Lesnar’s last bout inside of the Octagon was a victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 that was overturned due to a positive test for a banned substance that is typically used to increase testosterone for steroid users. Lesnar is currently the Universal Champion in WWE and has yet to re-enter the USADA testing pool to compete in the UFC, although those are his intentions according to those who have been in touch with him.
Jones is expected to return later this year after testing positive for a banned substance in consecutive fights. The former pound-for-pound number one ranked fighter in the world has only been able to fight once a year since 2014 due to multiple highly publicized issues with the law and banned substances.
Cormier would become just the second man in UFC history to hold belts simultaneously in different weight classes if he defeats Miocic in their main event battle on PPV. Although he never defended either of his world titles, Conor McGregor was the first man to accomplish the feat after beating Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez at 145 and 155 lbs respectively.