Cormier was taken out by his rival in the third round of their bout, which headlined UFC 214 on July 214. Since Cormier is 38 year’s old, and because he’s done well financially, some questioned whether he might focus on commentating and retire from fighting. Others speculated whether Cormier could look to make another run at heavyweight.
Well, the former light-heavyweight champ was a quest on the latest “MMA Hour”, and Cormier had this to say about his future (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said. “I feel like I still love the competition more than anything. That’s really what’s driving me. When I don’t have competition, I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable, man. I love to compete. I love to be in the environment. Not only am I going to fight again, but I do believe that Jon Jones and I will fight again. So, of course I have a desire to fight, and I believe that him and I will compete again before it’s all said and done.
“I don’t know exactly what path leads back to a fight with Jones, but I anticipate he’ll be the champion,” Cormier added, “and I don’t believe anyone else in this division can compete with me. So, after I win enough fights, I believe that we’ll fight again. Also, we make money together, and when you make money together, the UFC is usually pretty open to making those matches.”
Now, the fact that Cormier is planning to keep fighting, shouldn’t be too big of a surprise. After all, it’s not like Cormier’s dropped say three of his last four fights, etc. In fact, the only man to defeat him ever, is Jones.
But, the fact he’s planning to stay at 205 might be raising some eyebrows. Cutting to 205 likely isn’t a walk in the park at this stage of the game for Cormier, and chances are his path back to a bout with Jones is somewhat long. Particularly since “Bones” scored a stoppage in their last bout.