Daniel Cormier is nearing the end of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The current “Champ Champ” of the UFC, holding both the heavyweight and light heavyweight championships, has one fight left before retiring from the Octagon. That fight will likely be against Brock Lesnar in early 2019.
Cormier noted before his fight this past weekend, in which he successfully defended his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis via second-round submission, that he had a tryout with WWE to serve as a commentator. FOX reportedly wants to retain Cormier when the UFC departs to ESPN, and they’d like to do so for SmackDown Live as a commentator.
The belief is that Cormier will give the program more of a sporty feel. Prior to the announcement of his fight at UFC 230, Cormier had a commentary tryout with WWE set up, but he had to reschedule after being booked for Madison Square Garden. Speaking to “Busted Open Radio” recently, Cormier talked about possibly working with WWE in the future.
When asked if he could actually wrestle inside the squared circle if given the opportunity, Cormier had this to say:
“I will be 40 years old come March of 2019. [In response to Undertaker and Triple H being over 40 and wrestling] Again, they did this when they were younger, I don’t know the game, or take bumps and learned to do all of that.
“Am I saying that it is out of the realm of possibilities to do a one-off here and there? I would be into it, but I’d be more of a protector of the announce table going forward,” said Cormier.
“I think people misunderstand how tough it is to do the job. They misunderstand the amount of damage your bodies take on a day-to-day basis.
“They see you on Mondays or Sundays once a month, but they don’t see the Tuesday house shows, the Thursday house show or Saturday house show, the travel. I don’t think people understand the true toughness of a WWE superstar.”
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