UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has indicated that he intends to retire early next year after getting in one last fight in the Octagon before he turns 40-years-old, but UFC President Dana White has indicated he wants him to stay a little longer.
“I hope so,” White replied when asked by TMZ if DC will remain in the UFC beyond March of next year. “That was what I would like. I would like to see Jones and Cormier fight at heavyweight but right now, Cormier’s team wants him to retire right now. They want him to retire right now. I hope we can get three more fights out of him.”
Cormier had set his sights on a title fight with Brock Lesnar to end his career on, but White says that’s not a certainty at this stage, perhaps due to the WWE star recently signing a new deal with the pro-wrestling outfit.
It’s likely White also has his eye on having Cormier do a trilogy fight with his bitter rival Jon Jones, although all indications are that the UFC boss wants it to happen at heavyweight this time around.
Of course that would all depend on the outcome of Jones’ next fight, another rematch against Alexander Gustafsson at the end of the year, which will establish a new light-heavyweight champion after DC was forced to vacate that belt due to inactivity.