It seems a bit premature now that he's finally gaining the kind of adulation that eluded him for much of his career. After Daniel Cormier won the UFC Heavyweight Championship, he then cut a promo and called out Brock Lesnar who emerged from the crowd.
"It's massive to me to headline the Garden", Cormier said.
Sure, he promised his family he'd retire when he turned 40, but people break promises all the time.
That fight would carry a purse in the eight-figure range for Cormier, but it would go away with a loss. "I did it after three years". UFC 233 is set to take place on the night of January 26th inside The Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and Cormier may just be on the verge of defending his heavyweight title against Lesnar, provided, he beats Derrick Lewis this Saturday night at UFC 230. "I didn't know he was going to charge at me as I would've dug my heels into the octagon...throughout this whole time I was like 'Holy shit, I'm having a WrestleMania moment'". "It's just coming to a head now".
Is Lewis deserving of a shot at a UFC title? However, he is reported to have begun the process to rejoin the UFC drug-testing pool before a return next year. "I am thinking to myself, okay, obviously Brock is here for a fight". The second bout a year ago was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test that kept him out of the sport for 15 months. But Jones was more popular and Cormier's reign as the light heavyweight champ during Jones' absences wasn't validated until he defeated Miocic.
Lesnar is now suspended by USADA having failed a drugs test after his octagon return against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016, but the WWE star is eligible to fight again in January 2019, leading to rumours a fight between him and DC will be targeted for the new year.
"I was definitely a big part of getting MMA legalized in NY", he said. It hasn't always been good. It is not the best visual for a guy like me.
Over the past few days, Lewis' social media has suggested that he's been working in a brand sponsorship capacity with the Louisiana based American fast food restaurant.
If the first quarter century of the UFC has taught us anything, it is that nothing is impossible. "I also corner guys, I also coach, so there are ways for me to stay involved in competition".