Promotion president Dana White said only a fighter could rival Daniel Cormier if he can recapture Stipe Miocic’s UFC heavyweight belt on Saturday night at UFC 252.
“He would be neck to neck for the biggest exit [Georges] St-Pierre, ”White said Wednesday during a live streaming chat with Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole. “I mean, GSP left with the title, then came back, won the £ 185 title, and then left.”
Cormier has said that his trilogy with Miocic will be the last fight of his career. The former two-parter looks to make his second UFC heavyweight title win his swan song, though White and Cormier̵
If this is for Cormier, White said it was a damn good way to go out.
“The nice thing about this one is that it’s probably the best trilogy we’ve ever had in the UFC, and it’s for the heavyweight championship and to see who the GOAT is,” said White.
St-Pierre’s comeback in 2017 was well received by White, but the later resignation of the once-dominant welterweight was not a ray of hope. After UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov tried to argue with St-Pierre, White disagreed with the idea, saying the former champion was “saved” on a promise to defend the middleweight belt captured by Michael Bisping. Recently, however, White changed his mind about seeing Nurmagomedov versus St-Pierre.
White hasn’t figured out what to do with the heavyweight class if Cormier wins and then releases the belt. When asked about a possible battle between one-time title challenger Francis Ngannou and current light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones, the UFC manager was reluctant to work out plans.
“That’s a lot of ifs,” said White. “Lets see what happens.”
White questions less what happens to the heavyweight class and more how a classic rivalry will play out.
“Usually I can tell you what to expect from a fight,” he said. “I don’t know what to expect. I’m assuming these guys start pounding like the first two fights. I don’t know where to go from there. “