Daniel Cormier Reacts to Brock Lesnar Choosing WWE Over UFC Return

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The highly-anticipated UFC fight between Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier no longer seems to be in the cards, and DC says “The Beast” made the right decision to stay in WWE.

Cormier told ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, “I’m sure Brock couldn’t come to terms with the UFC, in terms of financial offer. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world of mixed martial arts right now in terms of pay-per-view. It’s not as straight forward as when Brock was there.”

Adding, “I think when Brock looked at the landscape of the sport, what they were offering him, Brock said, ‘I can make guaranteed money [in WWE].’ Not work as hard. He’d have to work his ass off [to fight me] and it’s probably gonna go the bad way. Whereas with the WWE, it’s usually determined in his favor. So, as a businessman, I think Brock made the right decision.”

As we previously reported, Brock attended UFC 226 in July 2018 and confronted Daniel Cormier in the ring after his win. White had subsequently claimed he was trying to strike a deal with Lesnar, but last month released a statement to the media saying Brock told him he’s now retired from MMA.

Lesnar then returned to WWE a few weeks later and won the Money in the Bank briefcase. 

“Everybody is talking like, ‘Oh, Vince McMahon keeps putting the belt on Brock’ or keeps doing this with Brock,” Cormier continued. “Brock was on the pay-per-view and then Brock was on Monday night and the ratings increased. … There’s a method to the old man’s madness. He just continues to kind of rely on Brock and Brock has shown to be a commodity that keeps working for him.”