Daniel Cormier has options to work as a commentator for UFC or WWE following retirement
Daniel Cormier might not have gotten the fairytale ending he craved, but he remains a man in demand.
Unfortunately, the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion came up short in his bid to retire from the UFC on top, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 252 last Saturday.
A poke to the eye which resulted in a torn cornea played a significant role in that outcome, but it still begs the question, what’s next for DC?
A report from the Wrestling Observer says that Cormier has options commentating both in wrestling and MMA, with WWE a longtime admirer of his talents and DC being a lifelong fan of the company.
Cormier, 41, has admitted to being in talks with WWE before, but his schedule with UFC always seemed to get in the way.
Last year, WWE were looking at bringing Cormier in to help commentate on SmackDown and bring a more legitimate feel to the product.
“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.
“Afterward, they asked me to go back but they were on tour or something for a month, and I was like, I want to do it with the entire commentary team. I don’t want to do it with one guy here and one guy there because I wanted to see who I can mesh with, and they were like, okay let’s schedule it in November.
“But then I took this [UFC 230] fight and then it got pushed back again.
“We will revisit this. I am going to Orlando to the Performance Center to do my gig to see how it works out. I am very passionate about pro wrestling.
“I have watched it my whole life. You can YouTube my reaction to when Seth Rollins won the World Championship at WrestleMania 31. I am very passionate. It is what I like to do.
“Since I was a kid I liked watching wrestling and is a dream to be able to do something with them in the future.”
Famously, Brock Lesnar entered the octagon after Cormier defeated Miocic for the heavyweight title at UFC 226 and shoved the champion.
This was to tease a showdown, but Lesnar would instead opt to retire and remain with WWE.
Cormier previously admitted he wouldn’t rule out having a one-off match in WWE, but he has no interest in wrestling beyond sporadically.
“I will be 40 years old come March of 2019,” he said, in response to Undertaker and Triple H being over 40 and wrestling. “Again, they did this when they were younger, 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.”