Right before the UFC 227 pay per view went off the air, dual-champion Daniel Cormier had a conversation with commentators Jon Anik and Joe Rogan, regarding whether or not Demetrious Johnson deserved an immediate rematch with Henry Cejudo.
Johnson dropping the flyweight title to Cejudo in an entertaining co-main event.
The crux of the discussion surrounded whether Johnson’s record 11 straight title defenses had earned him the right to jump right back into title contention with the man who narrowly escaped with his title on Saturday night.
“If anybody deserves the rematch, it’s Demetrious Johnson,” Cormier said when discussing what would be next for the former champion.
“If Demetrious Johnson doesn’t get a rematch, there is no hope for any of us in the entire world because that means nothing you could ever do would warrant getting an immediate title shot.”
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Joe Rogan countered Cormier’s point by asking if Stipe Miocic – who Cormier dethroned after Miocic broke the record for consecutive heavyweight title defenses – deserved an immediate rematch with Cormier.
As it currently stands, Cormier is set to face former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at an event to be determined, despite Lesnar having done arguably nothing to warrant a title shot.
“[Miocic] should [get an immediate rematch], but three [title defenses] is a lot different than 11,” Cormier said, comparing Miocic’s streak to Johnson’s.
“But I’ll tell you this right now on record: Brock Lesnar doesn’t make it to the fight for any reason, I’ll fight Stipe again. That is not a problem. There is no reason I wouldn’t fight Stipe.
“I’m only fighting Brock because I’m fighting Brock. But if he doesn’t make it, I’ll fight Stipe again.”
It’s been made very clear that Cormier is fighting Lesnar – who failed a drug test two years ago upon his return to action – for the financial incentive.
Although Lesnar hasn’t officially won a fight in over eight years, the current WWE Universal Heavyweight champion and former UFC champion remains one of the biggest draws in the sport.
However, Lesnar’s checkered history with performance-enhancing drugs has put his availability into question.
Knowing this, Cormier opened the door for Miocic to get an opportunity to regain the title should Lesnar fail to pass the USADA drug tests.
With Cormier setting a hard deadline of March 20, 2019 (his 40th birthday) for his retirement, and Lesnar being unable to compete until his suspension ends in January 2019, it will be interesting how the final months of Cormier’s career shake out.