UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Teases WWE Debut Against Roman Reigns

Published 04/02/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Daniel Cormier of the United States celebrates his victory over Derrick Lewis of the United States in their heavyweight title bout during the UFC 230 event at Madison Square Garden on November 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Yesterday, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns issued a “challenge” to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. Today, Cormier has responded to the challenge.

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Reigns claimed he could defeat anyone, including DC, in one-on-one competition. He also stated that the only way the former double champion could emerge victorious is if he goes back to the gym again.

This boastful prediction did not go unnoticed by Cormier, it seems. DC shared the video on Twitter and wrote, “Watch your mouth @RomanReignsWWE! I’ll dance with the big dog!” He also tagged Helwani, ESPN, and WWE in the post.

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By “dance”, Cormier means he will take on Reigns inside of any ring. Previously, the UFC Icon has feuded with Brock Lesnar and Booker T.

What did Roman Reigns say to Daniel Cormier?

Originally in his ESPN interview, Reigns told Ariel Helwani how he prefers single matches to triple threats. He will take on Edge and Daniel Bryan together to defend his Universal title at WrestleMania 37.

“I like one-on-ones, to be honest,” he said. “I’d smash anybody whether it’s Daniel Bryan one-on-one, Edge one-on-one, DC, I’ll smash him one-on-one. Get him from behind the table, get him back in the gym. Maybe he could have a chance. I don’t know, it would be a short story.”

On why he prefers singles matches, Reigns explained that he likes to be in control of his matches. However, multi-participant combat takes away the leverage from him.

“I don’t like the dynamic where Edge could beat Daniel Bryan or vice versa. The hard part for me is that everything, all this hard work, this control of running SmackDown, being the face of Fox (Network) on Friday nights, can be taken away from me, with no say from me.”

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Daniel Cormier, on the other hand, retired from MMA last year after losing his trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic. Before retirement, Cormier was the second fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes (light heavyweight and heavyweight) simultaneously and is the first to defend titles in two divisions.

He was also scheduled to face Lesnar at one point. But that match never took place as Lesnar re-signed with WWE. The 42-year-old is now an analyst and commentator for UFC.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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