UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier just defended his belt in a war with Alexander Gustafsson, a fight many are calling fight of the year, and he’s already being asked about a rematch with former champ, Jon Jones.
Going into the fight Cormier already expected it to go this way. Jones’ court hearing took place just days before UFC 192, so he knew that with Jones’ UFC return likely upcoming, he would eventually be facing off with Jones.
In a recent interview on The MMA Hour, the champ talked about Jones and about the idea of him retiring soon. Cormier already has a solid gig as a FOX analyst and is 36 years old. So naturally the question of retiring is looming somewhere in his head.
Cormier says it’s hard for him to think about any of that right now, after such a war, and also that he doesn’t plan on going anywhere until he fights Jones two more times.
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“It’s very hard to think about that stuff right now, because it’d seem easy to say, ‘you know what, I don’t really need this anymore. Financially, I’m fine. I’ve got a job that pays me well outside of the Octagon. I don’t need it.’ You start thinking like that, man, the other side starts to look pretty good.
“So I’ll wait until my body starts to feel better and I feel good to know. But I know that I’ve got at least two fights that I have to have before I would ever retire anyways, so it’s no good. The next fight, when I beat Jones. And then that third fight when him and I fight again. Jones and I will fight twice again, so until him and I fight two more times, I’m not going anywhere.”