Dana White Isn’t Giving Up on Making Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier
Stipe Miocic is interested in his first daughter being born and Daniel Cormier doesn’t want to go back to heavyweight but that isn’t stopping UFC president Dana White from continued efforts to pit the two champions against each other.
Following UFC 220 last weekend in Boston, White said that he had already mentioned to Cormier the possibility of moving back to heavyweight where he was undefeated during his career and accepting the challenge of facing Miocic with the title on the line.
Miocic is fresh off a five round drubbing of highly touted contender Francis Ngannou and by all accounts doesn’t have a top ranked opponent standing in line to face him next.
“For Stipe — I don’t know, we’re working on some interesting stuff. We’re talking about something fun. We’ll see if we can get it done,” White told TMZ on Friday.
White didn’t mention a name at first but then when Cormier was tossed out as a possible opponent, the UFC president got a big grin on his face as he admitted that was a fight he would love to see.
“Could be [Daniel] Cormier,” White stated. “I love [that fight], too.”
Of course there are still plenty of hurdles to jump before this matchup could come to fruition.
First off, Miocic has expressed his unhappiness with the UFC over the terms of his current contract and those negotiations may need to take place first before he books another fight. Add to that, Miocic has his first child on the way and it’s likely he’ll want to take some time off to be at home with his family before hopping back into another fight camp.
There’s also the problem with Cormier stating emphatically that he has no desire to test the waters at heavyweight against despite putting together a perfect 13-0 record while he competed there previously.
Cormier has said that he doesn’t want to be in the same division with his friend and teammate Cain Velasquez, especially as he plots his return to action later this year. Cormier has also stated that he was an undersized heavyweight during his previous run in a move that was mostly necessitated after he suffered through a brutal weight cutting disaster during the 2008 Olympic games.
“It’s cool that people think that I can still do that at the level that I did in that weight class. I was younger, probably a lot dumber. I wanted to fight but I didn’t want to lose weight because of the Olympics,” Cormier explained ahead of his last fight at UFC 220. “So I was bull headed at the fact that I was going to fight up at heavyweight. It went well. It went better than I ever could have imagined.
“It’s not really something I’m looking at right now. I’m just doing my thing.”
Cormier’s opinion on returning to heavyweight didn’t seem to change much after he walked through Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 but still White seems insistent on at least trying to put that fight together with Miocic.
Only time will tell if White will get his wish to put Miocic vs. Cormier together in a super fight pitting UFC champion against champion.