Daniel Cormier Names Dream Opponents Before Retirement

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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is preparing to face UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic for the gold at UFC 226.

DC has previously announced some intentions to retire next year, but has two opponents he would like to fight before that takes place.

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“I think I can get two more (fights after UFC 226). I can squeeze a couple more, next,” Cormier said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “If I fight July 7th, I bet I can get one around November. And if I get one around November, take a month off in December, I can squeeze one in at the beginning of March. It all kind of depends on the UFC. And Alexander Gustafsson may hate to hear this – too bad Alex. At some point, I would like to fight Jon Jones again and fight Brock Lesnar. Those are the two ideal end fights, but things don’t always work out perfectly. I feel like that would be perfect.”

Cormier and Jones have fought twice before, but the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has yet to meet Lesnar in the Octagon.

The 205 pound kingpin doesn’t care who gets to fight him first, leaving it up to the potential future opponents to sort that out.

“If Lesnar’s back first – well hey, it’s a race, right? Jon and Brock are racing to see who gets back from their suspension first. And then they can fight me,” Cormier said. “Whoever goes before the parole board and gets like a pass will get the fight first.”

UFC 226 takes place on Saturday, July 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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