Daniel Cormier Might Not Retire On 40th Birthday; Willing To Fight Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cormier with belt

It seems like Daniel Cormier may not retire on his 40th birthday in early 2019 as he’d originally planned, but if he doesn’t it won’t be due to his old rival Jon Jones reclaiming the 205lb title.

“I have some injuries which is why I’m not competing right now,” DC told MMAjunkie. “That’s why I was thinking about going a little more – that’s the reason for it, not because I was super mad about the fight or anything like that. I’ve had some things I’ve had to get through as I finish this year. The great year took a toll on the old body. I’m 40 years old. You don’t get to go and fight three times and not have to pay for it at the end of the year.”

Cormier then went on to reveal that while he’d still like to fight Brock Lesnar next, he also has a big fight in mind if it falls through.

“As of right now with the Lesnar thing, that’s kind of still up in the air. If he doesn’t fight then I’ll fight Stipe Miocic.

“I talked to the boss the other day. He was talking to me about fighting Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones and everybody and I said, if Lesnar doesn’t go, I go Stipe has to be first. He deserves it. I’ve said it from the beginning. If it ain’t Brock I want to fight Stipe Miocic and give him what’s rightfully his, a rematch for his title. He’s going to get beat again but at least he’ll get a chance to fight for that belt again.”.

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