24 juli, 2024

Daniel Cormier nära pensionering – diskuterar Jon Jones & Floyd Mayweather


Vicktor Winquist

Daniel Cormier

Att vi får se en returmatch mellan svenske Alexander Gustafsson och Daniel Cormier kan vara långt borta. Den lätta-tungviktsmästaren Daniel Cormier säger enligt BloodyElbow.com att hans dagar inom MMA är räknade. Han har gett sig själv ett slutdatum och det börjar närma sig, enligt den lätta-tungviktsmästaren återstår bara 362 dagar kvar av hans professionella MMA-karriär.

A long time ago, we decided as a family that at this age, I would walk away. But my wife told me, ‘I don’t think you’ll be able to walk away. I think you like the fight, the adrenaline, the competition too much. I don’t know if you’re going to be okay, I think you might still be fighting.’ I was like, ‘Nah, I told you guys a long time ago that I was doing it at this time and I’m going to stick to that.’

My wife is like, ‘Oh my goodness, what am I going to do with this dude?’ [laughs] She knows that whenever I don’t have fights or I don’t have anything to do…she’s like, ‘Go to the gym. You have to find a way to get rid of some of this energy because you’re driving me crazy.’ It’s still a big wakeup call that I’m 362 days away from not having the possibility of a fight again.

I can do anything I want. I’ve gotten lucky in the sense that I’ve locked up this commentary stuff, the TV side of things, some investments that I’ve made. Last year, I did 10 or 11 color commentary gigs, and that’s enough money for anyone to make a really good living. That’s not counting UFC Tonight or any of the other work I do at FOX, so yeah, I’m in a good position.

Vidare diskuterade Cormier om ett potentiellt tredje möte mellan honom och den forne lätta-tungviktsmästaren Jon Jones. Han diskuterade även Jones steroidmissbruk och menade att han inte förstår varför en talang som Jones skulle behöva ta otillåtna preparat.

I don’t know what he was doing. The only thing I can base an opinion on is from what came out publicly. I don’t think for a second that Jon Jones needed any type of enhancements to compete. I think he’s ultra-talented, he’s a fantastic fighter, he’s very smart in there, and I think he can do whatever he wants, but he chose to do it the wrong way.

I can’t change that. All I can really worry about is what I can take care of. If a chance to compete against him arises, then I’ll take it and hopefully, finally vindicate those losses. That’s the only guy that’s ever beat me, and if I can get those back, I’ll be in business.

Floyd Mayweather har cirkulerat i MMA-världen ett tag där han själv uttryckt en möjlighet för en potentiell MMA-debut, men det är unget Cormier anser vara en bra idé och förstår inte varför en 41-årig boxare skulle gå över från boxning till MMA.

I just don’t understand the point and I also don’t understand Tyron’s endgame in this. I told him the other day, ‘I don’t know what your endgame is, but I hate you because I didn’t think of it first,’ because I know it does involve Tyron making a bunch of money. [laughs]

I don’t see why Floyd should fight MMA. Why does he need to? He’s 41 years old and the greatest boxer of all time. He’s rich beyond anyone’s imagination. I saw a video of Floyd’s Los Angeles mansion and he walked into this movie theater which is probably the most massive theater I’ve ever seen in my life. He had all these candy drawers and he’s walking around in socks because his carpet is so nice you can’t wear shoes and walk on it. What does this guy need a fight for? He’s got everything. He has so much money. This is not even money to last you a lifetime. This is generational money, the kind you pass down to your kids and their kids.

Cormier gick sin senaste match mot Volkan Oezdemir under UFC 220, han knockade schweizaren i rond två. I hans nästa match kommer han ta sig an tungviktsmästaren Stipe Miocic under UFC 226 som går av stapeln den 7:e juli på T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

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