Daniel Cormier Teases Possible Return, but Surprisingly It’s Not in the Octagon

Published 03/26/2024, 12:15 PM EDT

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The WWE fans are pumping up for WrestleMania 40, which will take place in Philadelphia. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will make his in-ring return after more than a decade in a tag team match. It seems like professional wrestling’s biggest spectacle has not only fans excited about it but UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier too.

Since the WWE-UFC merger, there has always been a chance of a crossover between the two promotions. And given that Daniel Cormier’s MMA career is far behind him, ‘DC’ has hinted at making a return during WrestleMania 40 weekend. However, it may not be the kind of return fans want to see.

Daniel Cormier to take interviews and host post-show at WrestleMania 40


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WrestleMania 40 could be one of the most exciting shows of all time. With the inclusion of ‘The Rock’, Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, and CM Punk, who will be commentating for the World Heavyweight Championship, the show is bound to create some everlasting moments. Incidentally, the former UFC double champion will also be there for the Showcase of the Immortals, but not as an in-ring performer.

“Imma see you out in Philly. WrestleMania season’s upon us,” said Daniel Cormier during an appearance on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’. He went on to reveal that he would be interviewing some of the WWE superstars and even hosting the post-WrestleMania show. “I’m just interviewing, I’m just interviewing people and I’m just taking in the sites and then I do the post-show,” Cormier added. Meanwhile, when Pat McAfee asked ‘DC’ about a potential performing role on the show, the Hall of Famer reiterated what went down when he made his last WWE premium live event debut.

‘DC’ claims WWE ‘wronged’ him

During Seth Rollins and former UFC and WWE superstar Matt Riddle‘s heated rivalry in 2022, WWE set up a ‘Fight Pit‘ match between the two for Extreme Rules PLE in that year. The fight stipulated had some MMA elements, with a cage, and to keep those elements intact, WWE brought in Daniel Cormier to act as the special guest referee in the match. But it seems like the Hall of Famer wanted to do more.


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Daniel Cormier revealed to Pat McAfee that he feels WWE wronged him, in a light-hearted manner, because he did not look good as a referee, hinting that he might have been interested in some action inside the squared circle. “Last time they [the WWE] brought me out there, they put me in a referee shirt and I don’t look good in stripes. They did me wrong, Pat [laughs].

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Recently, Michael Chandler made a surprising appearance on Monday Night Raw, where he called out Conor McGregor in what many people feel like desperation for his big-money fight against ‘The Notorious’. However, we cannot take away the possibility of fighters crossing over to the professional wrestling world in the future.


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