Daniel Cormier firmly entrenched his name into the MMA GOAT conversation when he knocked out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 to become just the second fighter to simultaneously hold championship belts in two different weight classes. As he approaches the age of 40 and his inevitable retirement, Cormier isn’t being shy about his goals: big money fights.
Enter Brock Lesnar.
The former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE Universal champion entered the octagon after Cormier’s UFC 226 win, and the promotional shoving and trash talking kicked off, much to the delight of the casual internet fan. However, there is a segment of hardcore MMA fans who hate the idea of Lesnar waltzing back into the UFC and being placed straight into the title picture. Sure, he’s a former UFC champ and a legit NCAA wrestling champion, but he’s also 41-years-old, doesn’t have a UFC win since 2010, and was popped for PEDs the last time he pulled this stunt — a UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt in 2016 that was later overturned into a No Contest.
Doesn’t Miocic deserve a rematch? He was, after all, the most dominant heavyweight champion in the history of the UFC before losing to Cormier. What about Derrick Lewis or Curtis Blaydes or Alexander Volkov?
The reality is that none of those matchups will earn the kind of money that Cormier vs. Lesnar will earn. And everyone involved knows it. That’s why Cormier is urging fans to accept the UFC/WWE crossover. Oh, and pleaase buy the PPV when it happens, he asks politely.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” Cormer said in an interview with Instinct Culture. “Just because you like one doesn’t mean you may not like the other. I think [UFC and WWE] have very passionate fan bases. That’s why you see people on one side so mad or people on the other side so mad. [Let’s] all just come together and buy the pay-per-view; that’s all I want.”
The two organizations have a long history of overlap, as early fighters like Ken Shamrock and Tank Abott both tried their hand at professional wrestling in the 90s. In more recent times, Lesnar has hopped back and forth, former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey has transitioned into a full-time WWE role, and former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez was recently seen training at the WWE Performance Center.
Cormier has been very public about retiring before (or right after) his fortieth birthday, which is on March 20. A huge payday fight with Lesnar does make a lot of sense, considering he has very little left to prove when it comes to his legacy. He’s beaten everyone he’s ever faced, with the notable exception of Jon Jones. The disgraced Jones has beaten Cormier twice, although one of those results was overturned after Jones failed a drug test.