Only one boxer can take on Daniel Cormier if he can reclaim the UFC heavyweight belt from Stipe Miocic on Saturday night at UFC 252, according to president Dana White.
“He will do his best to escape [Georges] St-Pierre, ”White said Wednesday in live chat with Yahoo! Kevin Iole sports. “I mean, GSP left with the title, then came back, won the 185 pound title, and then left again.”
Cormier said his movie trilogy with Miocic will be the final battle of his decorated career. The former two-division champion aims to win his second UFC heavyweight belt, his song being a swan song, although the White and Cormier teams believe he can continue to play. at a high level.
If this is the way for Cormier, White says it̵7;s a great way to get out.
“The great thing about this movie is, it’s probably the best trilogy we’ve ever had at the UFC, it’s for the heavyweight championship, and to define who the GOAT is,” said White.
St-Pierre’s return in 2017 was well received by White, but the subsequent retirement of the once-dominated heavyweight boxer was not a bright spot. After UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov tried to fight St-Pierre, White faltered at the idea, saying that the former champion “bail” with a promise to protect the medium belt he had won. from Michael Bisping. Recently, however, White changed his opinion when watching Nurmagomedov vs. St-Pierre.
White still hasn’t figured out what he wants to do with his weight if Cormier wins and then leaves the belt empty. When asked about a potential fight between once-honored title challenger Francis Ngannou and current light-weight king Jon Jones, the UFC executive hesitated to draft any plans.
“That’s a lot of ifs,” said White. “We’ll see what happens.”
White questioned less about what would happen with the heavier ratings and more about how a classic rival would play out.
“Usually I can tell you what I expect from a fight,” he said. “I don’t know what to expect in this. I hope these guys will start attacking like they did in the first two matches. Where did it go from there, I don’t know ”.