Being the champ has it’s privileges. Daniel Cormier has re-upped his UFC deal for eight fights. It’s not known what the UFC is paying the light heavyweight champ but you know Dana White and the Fertittas are taking care of him.
After being brought over from Strikeforce in 2013 Cormier jumped right into the mix in the heavyweight division and won his first two fights against Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. In February 2014 “DC” dropped to light heavyweight and won two straight to earn a title fight with Jon Jones. Jones won the fight by decision but was stripped of the belt setting up an opportunity for Cormier. “DC” defeated Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 earlier this year to win the title and defended it in a war against Alexander Gustafsson last month.
Cormier met with the UFC brass earlier this week to discuss a fight with Jones for the title. The bout would take place in New York at Madison Square Garden next April. The champ is reluctant to do the fight in Jones’ home state for two reasons. First, it gives Jones the home field advantage and it also is rewarding Jones for his bad behavior.
The UFC has given Cormier some time to think about things and will pick up talks after the holidays.
Should Cormier vs. Jones 2 not take place in New York UFC 200 in Las Vegas in July could be where we see the two rivals collide one more time.