Daniel Cormier is waiting to get back to full health before
booking his next heavyweight title fight but the name at the top of his list of
potential opponents is still former champion Brock Lesnar.
On Saturday night in Nashville, Cormier called the fights for
the UFC on ESPN when he was asked about what’s next for him.
Cormier has been out of action since last November when he
defended his title against Derrick Lewis. Unfortunately in the aftermath of
that fight, Cormier has been dealing with a back injury that has kept him
sidelined longer than he initially expected.
While he’s still healing up, Cormier says Lesnar is definitely
the fight he wants most and he might have to go hunting for him at his other
job in World Wrestling Entertainment to speed up the process a little bit.
“I don’t have a fight exactly scheduled yet but I’ve got my
eyes on Brock Lesnar,” Cormier told ESPN. “I may go to WWE’s Wrestlemania and I
may go cost him his title over there so he can hurry up and get to the UFC so I
can beat him here.”
Cormier has been targeting a fight against Lesnar ever since
their in cage altercation at UFC 226 last July.
Just moments after Cormier won the heavyweight title with a
first round knockout against Stipe Miocic, Lesnar walked into the Octagon and
immediately shoved the two-time Olympian completely unprovoked.
Security broke up the fighters before a melee could ensue
but Cormier has made it clear that’s a fight he wants before calling it a career.
As for Lesnar, he opted not to make a return to the UFC immediately
after that encounter because he had to get back into the promotion’s
anti-doping program where he was required to undergo at least six months of
drug testing before he would be allowed to compete.
Lesnar also had to serve out the remainder of a one-year
suspension he faced following a positive drug test surrounding his last fight
in the UFC in 2016.
Both of those requirements have now been met but Lesnar has
been busy as one of the main attractions at WWE with a marquee match against
Seth Rollins scheduled for WrestleMania 35 on April 4.
Following that show it’s entirely possible that Lesnar turns
his focus back to fighting where he would look to reclaim the heavyweight title
in a showdown against Cormier later this year.