After a strong and impressive career in the UFC competing in both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight division, Daniel Cormier perhaps reached his biggest mainstream moment following a victory against Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. Following this moment, which earned him the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Cormier called out former champion, Brock Lesnar. The two engaged in a cordial exchange, but ended in mild shoving and even greater hype for the potential match.
Since Lesnar is now once again gearing to return to the Octagon, early-2019 could see the big match between him and Cormier. In addition to UFC gaining much mainstream attention, WWE could be benefiting the exchange as well.
According to CBS Sports, FOX executives are desiring to acquire Cormier to be a part of the SmackDown Live broadcast upon its launch in October of 2019. Since Cormier has commentating experience when he is not in the Octagon, this experience is felt by FOX to add to their quest to concentrate on the sports element of WWE.
Currently, Cormier is set to defend his UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 230 against Derrick Lewis on November 3. Aside from this match and the anticipated one versus Lesnar, Cormier has made it known that he will most likely be hanging up his boots next year when he turns 40.
“If I fight in November, I can fight again in March and be done,” Cormier told reporters for MMA Junkie. Cormier also added that he wants to fight Lesnar, but he more importantly wants to make sure that Lesnar is tested and fighting clean.
“Brock’s gotta be clean” said Cormier. “I’m not going to fight him if he is not clean.”Cormier also reportedly postponed a WWE tryout to prepare for his UFC Championship defense at UFC 230. However, he plans on resuming the plan to see if he can make it as a commentator for the company, and has even greater leverage if FOX wants him to be a part of the WWE fold.