Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier fought his last match for UFC last weekend, in a losing effort against Stipe Miocic. The 41-year-old former Olympian’s future is unknown and WWE is possibly looking to rope him into their company.
WWE were reportedly interested in signing Cormier and had a talk with him regarding the same. However, things did not work out and Cormier continued his deal with UFC. Dave Meltzer noted on Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast that with Cormier’s exit from the UFC ring, they are once again interested in obtaining his signature.
He noted that not just WWE, but FOX and UFC are also trying to bring him in for commentary roles in their broadcast.
FOX wants to bring Cormier for the Friday Night SmackDown commentary team, which currently has Michael Cole and Corey Graves. UFC wants to keep him around for their own purposes, as he has previously done some commentary on their shows.
Cormier is a big WWE fan and has often talked about a possible move to WWE in his interviews. He revealed the details about a possible spot on WWE Backstage on FS1, which was eventually nixed to due to the ESPN-UFC relationship. WWE eventually brought in another former UFC competitor, CM Punk, for the Backstage show.
“I’ve talked with the WWE on a number of occasions, they want to work together. 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 they 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.”
Several UFC stars like Ronda Rousey, Matt Riddle, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, etc. have joined WWE in recent years, and if the company manages to secure DC’s signature, they will make a massive case for themselves.