Daniel Cormier would be an ideal candidate to lead the UFC as president in the future after Dana White departs, says lightweight fighter Dustin Poirier.
Cormier hung up his gloves last year after losing his trilogy fight against Stipe Miocic, and has since been a vocal presence on the biggest bouts in the sport, working as both a pundit and a commentator since retiring.
And Poirier – who stunned Conor McGregor for a second time in July and now faces Charles Oliveira for the UFC Lightweight title in December – named Cormier as his pick to head up the organisation as someone who knows the sport inside out.
Daniel Cormier would be a top replacement for UFC president Dana White, says Dustin Poirier
Cormier has been a vocal presence in the UFC as a pundit and commentator since retiring
‘That’s a tough spot to fill,’ Poirier told Valuetainment, via MMA Mania.
‘I’m not sure. I think Daniel Cormier maybe? Maybe somebody who’s been in combat sports. I don’t know if he knows a whole lot about the business side, but I think he would be a great face of a company.’
Cormier finished his UFC career with a record of 22 wins and three defeats – two of which came in his final two fights to Miocic and the other coming against Jon Jones.
He conquered both the light-heavyweight division and the heavyweight division – winning the later title in 2018 with a knockout against Miocic and becoming just the second fighter to hold simultaneous belts in the UFC.
Cormier would be ‘a great face of a company’, according to lightweight fighter Poirier
The former heavyweight champion retired from the sport last year after a loss to Stipe Miocic
He beat Derrick Lewis by submission to defend his title before Miocic then ended his reign in 2019, avenging his loss with a TKO. His rival secured a unanimous decision the following year as Cormier made his decision to call it a day after their third fight.
After sustaining heavy damage after the fight and narrowly avoiding surgery on his eye, Cormier insisted he would not be reversing his retirement and was content that his career was over – preparing to reinvent himself as a pundit.
‘I feel like I’m closing the door shut on this thing – it’s over,’ he said last summer. ‘And I’m not sad about it. I’m not sad. I’m going to miss it.
‘I’m going to miss the training camps. I’m going to miss the fights. There’s nothing like a fight week, but you have to understand when it’s your time. I feel like it’s time.’