Daniel Cormier Reveals WWE Wanted Him To Appear Around Crown Jewel
Daniel Cormier has been rumored to join the WWE for a long time. However, we have not seen him on WWE programming, to date.
Originally, Cormier was planned to compete in a dream fight against Brock Lesnar but that won’t be happening since he is retired from in-ring competition. Rather, WWE is willing to utilize him in totally different capacities.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion has spoken to BT Sport on the latest happenings between himself and the WWE. Daniel Cormier revealed that he was not only offered a spot to work on WWE Backstage on FS1, but the company also wanted him to hype WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez matchup at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
"I've talked to WWE on a number of occasions, they want to work together"
— BT Sport WWE (@btsportwwe) December 14, 2019
He was pretty eager to work on the bigger stage of the global pay-per-view. But his schedule did not match, at all. Here’s more from him (courtesy wrestlingINC.com)
“I’ve talked with the WWE on a number of occasions, they want to work together,” Cormier said. “I almost came to the press conference for Brock [Lesnar] vs. Cain [Velasquez] to play the role of a fight builder. Unfortunately, my schedule didn’t work.”
Daniel Cormier went ahead to reveal that WWE also wanted him to work on the brand new show airing on the FOX Network, every Wednesday night.
The show named WWE Backstage has new guests, on a weekly basis. Bringing a mainstream star like him would have also increased viewers. But it could not happen due to UFC’s contract obligations with ESPN,
“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 we 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.”
As mentioned earlier, Daniel Cormier vs. Brock Lesnar’s fight never ended up taking place. Cormier rather faced Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in August, losing the UFC Heavyweight Title to Miocic.
He wanted to have one final fight against Miocic that could have been the third between the two fighters. But it was also discarded by the UFC.
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