In case you haven’t heard the news, maybe you need to sit down. UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is going to challenge Stipe Miocic for his UFC heavyweight belt in July after they coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter. We aren’t kidding. This is really happening. While this is insane, Cormier’s teammate Cain Velasquez may be hinting at something even crazier. Even the UFC’s official Twitter account was confused at what was going on. Either that, or they’re cleverly stirring the speculation pot.
Like always, I’m gonna be in the gym everyday to help my brother @dc_mma become the next heavyweight champ at #UFC226. Once he wins, things could get interesting. #AndNew #WeAreAKA #GonnaGetMyBeltBack
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) January 27, 2018
“Like always, I’m gonna be in the gym everyday to help my brother Daniel Cormier become the next heavyweight champ at UFC 226. Once he wins, things could get interesting. And new. We are AKA. Gonna get my belt back.” — Cain Velasquez on Twitter.
“Yeah, [Daniel Cormier moving up to fight for the heavyweight title is] a fun theory too and it could be a realistic theory, and this is how it would work out if it did happen, okay. Cain [Velasquez] would talk to DC or DC would go to Cain, he’d go, ‘Hey, Cain, I wanna fight for the title against Stipe, do you have a problem for me going that one shot?’ And if Cain says yes, which I’m sure if that’s what they agreed on, then yeah, that would happen. That’s not far-fetched. It really isn’t, because that could be something that could happen. But it would be between DC and Cain, they would make that decision jointly together.” — Coach Javier Mendez via Submission Radio in December.
Is Cain Velasquez teasing the idea that if Daniel Cormier manages to actually beat Stipe Miocic, that he’ll fight his teammate? As wild an idea as it sounds, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. Despite their incredible loyalty to each other, Cormier is retiring at the beginning of next year and is no question pulling out all the stops. Instead of just vacating the belt and moving on to a different fight, Cormier could fight Cain Velasquez. However, he’d have to get through Miocic first.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/27/2018.