UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (21-1-0, 1NC) recently said on the Ariel Helwani MMA show the possibility of defending his light heavyweight belt before his scheduled heavyweight defence against former champion Brock Lesnar (5-3-0, 1NC).
DC calls out Brock Lesnar!
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Cormier joined Conor McGregor as the second UFC dual champion in the company’s history at UFC 226, defeating Stipe Miocic via late first round KO. He is on record promising to his family to retire at age 40, which is approximately 8 months away in March 2019. While Lesnar prepares to comply with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) requirements for the fight, there is an opportunity to fit another contest in, which is where Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (25-10-0) and the 205 pound division comes in.
“Maybe I will fight Shogun. That would be good,” Cormier said. “Maybe I’ll go fight Shogun. No, serious! Maybe I’ll go fight Shogun because Shogun’s won a lot of fights in a row. You know what? That’s who I want to fight, Shogun Rua.”
Rua, 36, is 9-8-0 in the octagon since coming in with big fanfare from PRIDE in 2007, but is currently enjoying a three fight win streak. His last bout was a 59-second TKO win over Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 106 in March 2017. He’ll need to get past Anthony Smith (29-13-0) first at Hamburg’s UFC Fight Night 134 July 22 to stake DC’s aspirations.
The other contenders in the division may not be happy campers if this situation plays out.
As Dana White loves to say, we’ll see what happens.