Daniel Cormier is the new UFC heavyweight champion. And after defeating Stipe Miocic Saturday night, he called out former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Now Dana White wants both men to square off against each other. But there’s a catch. Cormier has a very specific demand. Though, it’s a simple one. Monday on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, he broke it down like this:
“He needs to be clean. I’m not going to fight him if he isn’t clean. I’ve done that enough.”
Cormier, of course, is referring to his longtime nemesis Jon ‘Bones’ Jones. DC has one loss and no contest apiece on his resume, both stemming from fights against Jones. He lost via unanimous decision back in January of 2015, then fell via knockout (losing the light heavyweight championship in the process) in July of last year. However, Jones would test positive for the steroid Turinabol and the result was overturned to a no contest.
Therefore, Cormier isn’t taking any chances.
“We’re going to do our testing … through USADA, which is the gold standard … but also we want to see if there are any extra levels.”
In the meantime, DC is still interested in defending his light heavyweight title. He even went so far as to suggest Shogun Rua as a possible opponent if he wins his next fight on July 22. Despite losing four of five between 2012 and 2014, the 36-year-old is on a three-fight win streak.
In the meantime, there’s no reason for Cormier to rush back. He’ll likely defend his light heavyweight belt before too long, but he’s at a point now where he deserves to call his own shots. He holds a 21-1 record in MMA (with one no contest). The fact that he has to face off against Brock Lesnar is a farce in itself.
But if Dana White can make money off it, you can bet it’s going to happen.