Over this past summer, the UFC set up a big money heavyweight championship fight. Following his title win over Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier was confronted by WWE star and former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The pair shoved each other inside the Octagon before UFC President Dana White confirmed this was the fight he is planning on making next.
However, Cormier has since successfully defended his title once and has declared he has one fight left in him before retirement. He’d like that fight to be against Lesnar. But with the recent return of “DC’s” longtime rival, Jon Jones, things might get complicated. If Lesnar and the UFC don’t come to an agreement on a fight date for Cormier soon, the potential scrap might be lost.
White was asked about this last night in the UFC 232 post-fight press conference. Here’s what he had to say:
“[Lesnar is] not out of the picture,” White said. “Absolutely (he could still fight Cormier). I think he’s already under contract with me. We were talking about it, and then he ended up signing a new deal with WWE. He’s in a very unique position because he can play this thing between UFC and WWE.
“And they get right down to the wire, and I think Vince [McMahon] throws so much money at him that he says, ‘All right, I’ll do [WWE] again.’ Because this is here no matter what. When he’s ready, he can come in here and fight and he’s gonna make a f–k ton of money here, too. So it makes sense. I’m assuming that’s what’s going on.”
However, White assured everyone that he’s not waiting for anybody. If guys don’t want to fight, he’s more than prepared to move on. Even if it’s someone with the star power of Brock Lesnar:
“One of the things you guys know about me is, I don’t wait for anybody. I’m not (expletive) waiting around for anybody. I’m rolling with the business,” White said. “Guy doesn’t want to fight this year? It’s all good.
“It doesn’t matter who you are – how big you are, what your deal is. You don’t want to fight, do your thing. When you’re ready to fight, you come back and talk to me and we’ll figure something out.”
H/T MMA Junkie for the transcriptions