Daniel Cormier shuts down superfight with Stipe Miocic due to teammate Cain VelasquezGet the Full StoryDaniel Cormier will not be fighting Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title. Don t get your hopes up just yet, as reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is not interested in a heavyweight superfight with Stipe Miocic anytime soon, despite Dana White hyping the bout at the UFC 220 post-fight press conference.
Cormier and Miocic retained their titles in co-headlining and headlining bouts at UFC 220 but DC -- the former Stikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix champ -- is reluctant to consider a move back up to HW to challenge Miocic because of complications with teammate Cain Velasquez.
I haven t really thought about it, Cormier said at the post-fight press conference, per MMA Fighting s Dave Meltzer. It s hard for me now because Cain is in the gym more. Cain is in the gym getting back prepared to do what he does best.
If he s getting prepared to get that belt back, then I have nothing for that division. That ll never change.
Velasquez, a former two-time UFC heavyweight champ, has been sidelined for well over a year due to recurring injuries but is expected to return in 2018.
After Miocic s latest title defense against Francis Ngannou, in which the Ohio-born fighter earned a hard-fought unanimous decision, fans are clamoring for one of two possible fights: Miocic vs. Cormier or Miocic vs. Velasquez.
Cormier, however, who retained his light heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir in UFC 220 s co-main event, said the No. 1 priority is preparing Velasquez for Miocic. The American Kickboxing Academy representative believes it would be the biggest heavyweight fight of all time.
It s he Miocic and Cain, and then everybody else, Cormier said. The biggest heavyweight fight we ll ever have is when those two fight each other. I ll never say he s better than Cain Velasquez, but he s good. He s just as good. They re even.
Velasquez recently visited the UFC performance institute in Las Vegas and teased of a comeback, but it probably won t be for the heavyweight championship. The 35-year-old will likely take a tune-up fight before challenging Miocic for the title.