Daniel Cormier to WWE: The recently retired MMA legend is reportedly wanted by Vince McMahon’s promotion but the UFC are also keen to hold on to their man.
Daniel Cormier bid adieu to his MMA career this Saturday after taking on Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight title. The former UFC lightweight and heavyweight champion failed to script a fairytale finish to his career and came up short in the bout.
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The trilogy between the two ended with Miocic retaining his heavyweight title after he beat Cormier for the second time in a row to bring an end to their rivalry. With the curtains down on his MMA career, what lies in the future for the former UFC Champ-Champ?
Daniel Cormier to WWE?
Dave Meltzer revealed on the Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast that the WWE are in signing Daniel Cormier to a contract. Fox have also shown interest in Cormier and want to bring him to join the WWE SmackDown announce team.
Cormier is spolied for choices as The UFC aren’t very keen to let go of their star man as well.
He has admitted to being approached by the WWE in the past. Cormier who has openly admitted to being a fan of WWE expressed interest but failed to make the date because of his commitment to UFC.
They called me. They reached out to my assistant. It was WWE, not Fox. They called me about going to Orlando, Florida,” Cormier told Busted Open Radio. “I had a tentative date, but then I couldn’t make that date.
He also revealed that he was approached for a role on the WWE Backstage show and was even scheduled to appear at the press conference for Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez at WWE Crown Jewel last year.
“I’ve talked with the WWE on a number of occasions, they want to work together,” Cormier said in December. “I almost came to the press conference for Brock [Lesnar] vs. Cain [Velasquez] to play the role of a fight builder. Unfortunately, my scheduled didn’t work.
“I got an offer to work that new show, WWE Backstage on [FS1]. Obviously, it didn’t work with the new relationship with [UFC and] ESPN. But we are constantly trying to get me involved in the product. As a big time fan of the WWE, nothing makes me happier. I’ve got some great opportunities, man. I’m lucky. I’ve got some things outside of the octagon that’s gonna carry me for a long time.”
It’s tough being a WWE star
Cormier has previously suggested that he would only wrestle sporadically when asked if he would like to join the WWE.
“I will be 40 years old come March of 2019,” he said. “I don’t know the game, or take bumps and learned to do all of that.
“Am I saying that it is out of the realm of possibilities to do a one-off here and there? I would be into it, but I’d be more of a protector of the announce table going forward.
“I think people misunderstand how tough it is to do the job. They misunderstand the amount of damage your bodies take on a day-to-day basis.
“They see you on Mondays or Sundays once a month, but they don’t see the Tuesday house shows, the Thursday house show or Saturday house show, the travel. I don’t think people understand the true toughness of a WWE superstar.”
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