Last week, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (pictured) posted a picture on Twitter with his arms around UFC owners Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White with the cryptic message, “Leaving @ufc office. I gotta say today was a good day. In my Ice Cube voice!”
Were they meeting to lock down a when and where to rematch former champ Jon Jones?
That certainly was a topic of conversation, but it appears the real reason Cormier was sporting a Kool-Aid smile was because he had just inked a new eight-fight contract extension to remain with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Cormier revealed the news Monday on MMAJunkie Radio.
As far as Jones is concerned, “Bones” has been pushing to have the sequel go down in April when the UFC has tentatively planned their debut event in New York. While NYC is far from a done deal in securing sanctioning for MMA, Cormier isn’t interested in giving Jones home-cage advantage anyway.
However, Cormier admitted that headlining a show inside the famed Madison Square Garden might be too great of an opportunity to pass on.
If not, Cormier said he’d be willing to put his belt on the line Memorial Day weekend or UFC 200 in July, both in Las Vegas.
For now, Cormier is resting and relaxing after a torrid year where he fought in three straight title bouts. He hopes to make a decision on his immediate future after the Holidays (which is code for, Popeyes Chicken will be frequented quite a bit over the next two months).
Cormier transitioned to the UFC in 2013 following the collapse of Strikeforce, where he left as the Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion. After two wins at heavyweight, Cormier decided to move down to light heavyweight believing that was the easiest route to a title because his American Kickboxing Academy teammate Cain Velasquez would rule the UFC heavyweight throne for years to come.
Cormier has since gone 4-1 at 205 pounds, with his lone professional blemish coming in January’s lopsided decision defeat to Jones. “DC” bounced back nicely by capturing Jones’ vacated belt in his following outing after the UFC stripped Jones of his title after April’s felony hit-and-run arrest.
The 36-year-old Cormier is fresh off last month’s split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson in his first title defense.