Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier opens door to light heavyweight title fight

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Daniel Cormier is retired, but that doesn’t mean the former two-time UFC champion isn’t capable of making a comeback if the stars align.

Cormier, 43, walked away from professional MMA following his decision loss to heavyweight legend Stipe Miocic in 2020. During a Twitter Q&A with Monster Energy On Friday, Cormier revealed a unique scenario that could bring him out of retirement. It would be a chance for the world light heavyweight title.

“I said that when I retired, I said I would only fight for championship belts,” Cormier said. “But it feels like I don’t deserve a fight for the heavyweight championship. Stipe [Miocic] is not the champion. He beat me the last two times. I don’t deserve a shot at the heavyweight title. If I ever had to fight again – and I don’t want to – I would have to go back to 205 pounds.

“Why? Let me tell you why. Because I didn’t lose. Remember, I left the title every time I didn’t want to go back there, when [Jon] Jones was going to fight [Alexander] Gustafsson. So because I left the title, now maybe there’s potential in ‘Hey Dana [White], do you think I could fight Jiri Prochazka for the title?’ Especially with your name recognition and what you’ve become outside of the fighting game, maybe there’s some value in that.

If Cormier was serious about a potential comeback, I’m sure the UFC would be into it. It’s not like the 205-pound division is full of readily available title contenders and “DC” has never really lost his belt at light heavyweight. However, if the UFC color commentator wants to stage a return to the Octagon, he needs to do it quickly.

“If it ever happens, it better happen soon,” he said. “I’m 44 in March. But hey, Randy Couture won the heavyweight championship at 45, so it’s not impossible.

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