On Saturday night at UFC 227 the subject of whether long-time flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson deserved an immediate rematch against Henry Cejudo after finally being dethroned in the co-main event of the evening came up among the broadcast crew, and two-division champion Daniel Cormier was adamant that he should.
“If Demetrious Johnson doesn’t get a rematch, there is no hope for any of us in the entire world, because that means that nothing you could ever do will warrant getting an immediate title shot [rematch],” Cormier told Jon Anick and Joe Rogan.
With that in mind, the conversation then led to questions about Cormier’s own situation as he looks to defend his heavyweight title against the returning Brock Lesnar rather than giving Stipe Miocic another chance to win back his title.
“[Miocic] should [get a rematch], but he went three [defenses]. Three is a lot different than 11,” Cormier said. “And also, if Brock Lesnar was staring at Stipe, that would happen, but I’ll tell you this right now, I’ll tell you this on record: If Brock Lesnar doesn’t make it to the fight for any reason, I’ll fight Stipe again. That is not a problem.
“There is no reason I wouldn’t fight Stipe. I’m only fighting Brock because I’m fighting Brock. But if he doesn’t make it, I’ll fight Stipe again. There you go.”