UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is bullish about his chances at UFC 226, when he steps up in weight to challenge Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Title.
Speaking to FloCombat, the 39-year old Cormier opened up about his chances against the Heavyweight Champion of the world.
You don’t get those opportunities. These are so rare. The chance to do something historic. The ability to accomplish something that when I’m done, I will leave this behind.
My kids, my son, my daughter, will always be able to go back and look back to July 7, 2018, and say ‘That was the night my dad made history.’ That was the night that my dad etched his name in stone and became a part of the history books.
Those opportunities are too big to pass up.
Once my teammates and coaches all said, ‘Hey, let’s do it. We’re going to dive headfirst into this thing,’ I was like, ‘You know what guys? Let’s go. Let’s go try to be great
After losing to Jon Jones at UFC 214, Daniel Cormier was handed back the UFC Light Heavyweight belt when it came to light that his opponent had popped for Turinabol, an anabolic steroid.
Since then, Cormier has defended the strap against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220, with a dominant display. Also defended on the same card was the UFC Heavyweight Championship, as Stipe Miocic saw off the challenge of knockout artist Francis Ngannou.
It was then announced, a few days after the event, that Daniel Cormier would step up in weight and challenge Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Title at UFC 226 in July, giving him the chance to become only the second man ever to hold two UFC Title belts simultaneously after Conor McGregor.
And Cormier, for his part, isn’t taking the opportunity lightly.
This is the biggest fight of my life. This is the biggest fight I’ve ever been in. I have played a major part in some of the biggest fights in the UFC. I mean I was at UFC 182, I was a big part of UFC 200, supposed to headline it, was a massive part of UFC 214, and now this one. I have been involved in some of the biggest moments in this sport’s young history and I’m so happy about it and honored to be put in those positions.
The UFC must trust me to put me in those positions over again, over again, knowing that I’m going to show up and I’m going to do my thing.
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