Dana White doesn’t think UFC 252 will symbolize Daniel Cormier’s ultimate struggle.
Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) has stated innumerable periods main up to Saturday’s heavyweight title trilogy with Stipe Miocic that he’s placing an conclusion to his illustrious profession, earn or eliminate.
He was emphatic on the subject matter of hanging up the gloves at Thursday’s UFC 252 pre-battle news convention, but it didn’t persuade the UFC president.
“No, it’s not (Cormier’s ultimate struggle),” White informed ESPN afterward. “No, it’s not. It’s clearly going to depend on how the battle plays out on Saturday night time. If Cormier wins in stunning vogue, this will not be his previous fight. And understanding him the way that I do, if he loses, then it will be, ‘I just can’t go out like this.’
“You know me: When persons start out converse about retiring, I feel they should. Stipe, who people were being expressing is probably heading to retire immediately after this, way too, but he squashed that tonight, I don’t assume possibly one particular of them ought to retire. They are two of the ideal in the planet, and they nevertheless have a good deal remaining in them. But we’ll see. We’ll see how the battle goes on Saturday.”
There’s no evident fight for Cormier if he falls limited against Miocic. If he wins, nevertheless, it will open up the doorway to perhaps a single of the biggest fights in MMA historical past – a third showdown with Jon Jones at heavyweight.
Cormier vs. Jones 3 with the heavyweight belt on the line could symbolize an irresistible payday for DC, but White stated he has not considered that far in advance.
“There is no approach,” White said. “I’m likely to view the battle on Saturday, I’m likely to see who wins, and then on Tuesday there will be a matchmaker assembly, and we’ll go in and begin speaking about what’s up coming.”
UFC 252 normally takes spot Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The most important card airs on spend-per-view subsequent prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.