On July 7, Daniel Cormier aims to go from champion to legend.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of "," the reigning light heavyweight titleholder said that if he manages to dethrone heavyweight king Stipe Miocic in their champion versus champion bout at UFC 226, there won't be any doubt as to which fighter stands above all the rest – past and present.
"I win this fight July 7, I’m the greatest fighter of all time," Cormier said. "I’ve done something that was unheard of and that’s what I’ve always chased. I’ve always chased that. I chased it in the fights with (Jon) Jones because, even regardless of the belts, I would always say, 'Once I beat Jones, I will be the greatest fighter of all time.' So I believe that once I do this, something that was so crazy that no one even has attempted it, I feel like I’m in the conversation for the best fighter of all time."
Even with a resume including a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix and three defenses of the UFC’s 205-pound crown, Cormier’s legacy remains tied to his rivalry with the oft-troubled Jon Jones, the only man to have gotten the better of “DC” in 21 walks to the cage. But the 38-year-old believes a win over Miocic – now the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history – will finally net him the cushy spot in MMA lore he’s earned several times over.
Should he get his hand raised in Las Vegas after coaching “The Ultimate Fighter 27” opposite Miocic, Cormier would become just the fifth two-division champion in the promotion’s history and the first to hold the heavyweight and light heavyweight crowns simultaneously. And while he maintained he’d continue to fulfill his responsibilities at 205 pounds, he’s admittedly relishing the opportunity to put a bow on his legacy.
"I’m trying to do something that’s unheard of. I know there’s been two-division champions, Randy Couture had the light heavyweight belt and the heavyweight belt, but he didn’t do it at the same time. Conor McGregor is the biggest star in mixed martial arts and he held two titles at one time and I’m about to actually do that, too. So he’s been on the cover of (the EA Sports UFC 3 video game) two years in a row, next year I go on the cover of EA Sports UFC."
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