When you consider that Daniel Cormier is the reigning UFC light-heavyweight champ, and has just one loss on his pro-record, retirement can’t be on the horizon can it? Well, according to Rashad Evans, “DC’s” future in the sport could hinge on what goes down at UFC 197.
On April 23rd, Cormier will battle his rival, and former champ, Jon Jones. The two met for the first time in January, 2015, and Jones won the bout via UD. Then, as you know, Jones ran into some legal issues and was stripped of the title. In his absence, Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson to take the vacant crown, and decisioned Alexander Gustafsson in his next bout.
Recently Evans appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the former champ weighed-in on what’s at stake for DC, at UFC 197 (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think that DC definitely can [win],” said Evans. “He definitely can. You know, DC, he seems different this time around. He seems different this time mentally speaking. Honestly speaking, this is a fight that DC…he has to win. Like, if DC doesn’t win this fight, there really — he would have to retire if he doesn’t win this fight.”
“It’s like, what does he do then?” Evans added. “Does he try to face Jon again for the third time? Once you take away a man’s desire to be the best — or he knows that he can’t be the best — then in a sense, you just kill that man off. So if he loses this fight, Jon would have killed him off. There’s no reason. The competitive grind would be gone.”
It’s an interesting way of looking at it. No question. But of course, Evans is just theorizing here. If Cormier does lose, any most people seem to think he will, it doesn’t mean he’ll hang up the gloves.
Cormier could hang around and take some interesting fights at heavyweight? It wasn’t long ago, lets remember, when he was one of the best heavyweights in the game. Or, maybe he would stay at 205 and see what unfolds. Who knows.
But, another defeat to Jones would be a huge, huge blow for the 36 year-old. There’s no doubt. If he wins, however, can you say ‘trilogy’?