Cormier Wants Fight With Shogun Before Brock Lesnar Showdown

Daniel Cormier
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Daniel Cormier very well could defend his light heavyweight championship before fighting Brock Lesnar.

“DC” won the heavyweight championship at UFC 226 this past weekend (Sat. July 7, 2018) when he defeated Stipe Miocic via first round knockout. After the fight Cormier was confronted by Brock Lesnar in a shoving match, before UFC President Dana White announced that the next heavyweight championship bout will be Cormier vs. Lesnar.

Despite his upcoming mega-fight with Lesnar, Cormier also has duties as the UFC’s light heavyweight champion. He could very well defend his 205-pound throne before jumping back up to heavyweight to fight Lesnar.

In a recent interview on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show, Cormier said that there’s one fight that does interest him at 205 pounds – and it’s not the winner of Alexander Gustafsson vs. Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 227. Instead, “DC” would like to face 36-year-old former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (via MMA Mania):

“Maybe I’ll go fight Shogun, that would be good. I am serious, maybe I will go fight Shogun. He has won a lot of fights in a row,” said Cormier.

“You know what? That’s who I want to fight, if Shogun wins, I want to fight Shogun. That’s who I’m fighting. I will go fight Shogun because he is a legend, he’s a great guy. I will go fight Shogun and then I will fight Brock Lesnar because Jones isn’t going to be back, I don’t think. I am at peace with that,” he stated.

What are your thoughts on Cormier wanting to fight Shogun before Lesnar? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Everyone knows he would lose to Alexander.

    DC is a joke. I really do hope Lesnar man handles DC to the point Daniel ends up crying again, just like how he cried after losing to JBJ.

  2. Seriously. It’s pathetic. This better not happen. If Cormier is actually intent on doing this, he better realize that it will go down in the history books as one of the most blatant and shameful ducks in UFC history. Of course he’s going to duck Gustafsson. He wants to ride out his career on a high note with a facade of “glory”, not repeat a brutal war against a guy he barely scraped out a decision against by a millimeter. For similar reasons, DC won’t give a rematch to Stipe, even though his victory *should* be considered controversial due to the severe eye poke. Not to mention Stipe holds the record for HW defenses and beat a long list of legendary names, so he should be given immediate rematch consideration the same way Joanna was. Plus Miocic was basically dominating DC throughout the beginning of the round and not until the eyepoke did things start to go awry. Cormier knows that it could go very differently in a rematch, and he could be facing a brutal HW war and/or a loss of his belt (which is currently his sole desperate claim to legacy, since his whole career has been in the shadow of Jones)

  3. hes already beaten gus, and he just knocked out miocic in less than a round….ya, make him give up the belt…. mma fans are the least educated , most vindictive and worst fans in all of sports… seriously…

  4. I found it incredibly stupid the ref didn’t pull up DC on his stretched fingers right from the word go. DC was out reached the whole time and didn’t even attempt to keep his hands closed as he left range, it was blatantly obvious he was flickinging as he was leaving the range as well.

    DC even tried to go in again on Stipe when he grabbed his eye signaling the eye poke.

  5. Lol he barely beat Gustafsson. He got mirked last time and knows if they fought again that he would lost to him. Gus has earned a second shot against DC but DC only wants safe fights at this point. DC is a phony!

  6. You mean DC eye poked Miocic to the point Stipe could no longer keep his range and judge range correctly because of the damage.

    DC calls JBJ a scumbag and gets upset when people don’t like him, at least JBJ rides the hate waves with 0 craps given.


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