Daniel Cormier still wants Brock Lesnar, eyes March date for retirement fight. Plus, Cormier nearly pulled out of fight at last minute.

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

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DC wants Lesnar at UFC 235

Daniel Cormier made his intentions for the rest of his MMA career very clear Saturday night. Moments after tearing through Derrick Lewis to retain his UFC heavyweight championship, Cormier used his mic time with Joe Rogan to call out Brock Lesnar.

“Brock Lesnar, when you come, bring that brand new WWE Title, too,” Cormier said. “I feel like being a WWE champion too. Bring that belt with you if you come to my house.”

Lesnar had confronted Cormier following DC’s UFC 226 win over Stipe Miocic in July. He wasn’t in the building this time having just wrestled in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia on Friday. Lesnar defeated opponent Braun Strowman to win WWE’s Universal Championship in a short match that saw Lesnar take very little offense, presumably to preserve himself for a potential UFC fight.

Cormier kept the fight in fans’ minds and even proposed a date for the bout.

“Talk about having an opportunity to go out on an all-time high, headlining [UFC 235, March 2] in Vegas against Brock Lesnar before I turn 40, two weeks before my birthday, have my biggest fight. Yeah, it’s crazy,” Cormier said at the UFC 230 post-fight press conference.

Even with potential rematches on the table including Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, or Stipe Miocic – Cormier seems to know that the most lucrative fight for him will be with Lesnar. Lesnar hasn’t competed in MMA since a July 2016 win over Mark Hunt that was overturned to a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene.

The fight with Lewis almost didn’t happen

Cormier took the Lewis fight on short notice, and also said he nearly pulled out of the fight at the last minute. He says he sneezed and threw out his back Saturday morning. He said the time was coming where they had to make the call whether he could fight or not. By later in the afternoon, Cormier said his back felt better and he was able to compete.


“I was like, ‘I don’t know how we’re going to explain this when I sneezed and hurt my back.’ That’s getting old. That’s what that is.”

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