Daniel Cormier has big expectations for the UFC when they return from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, the promotion has its next two events postponed due to the pandemic and recently postponed the UFC London card. Despite Dana White saying they have a location set for UFC 249, many are uncertain we will even see live sports again until the summer or later this year.
When the UFC does return though, Cormier expects the cards to be massive in star power to gain viewership back and make the most amount of money.
“There’s nothing right now. We’re essentially in a holding pattern,” Cormier told Michael Bisping’s Believe You Me podcast (via MMA Fighting). “The UFC is on pause. Not even the UFC, the whole world is on pause right now. All sports, everything that entertains. So it’s just a wait and see.
“But you know what you can look forward to as an athlete is knowing that when the UFC returns, you’re going to be a part of some massive fight cards. Because all these fights have to happen, and as long as the UFC is on pause, the UFC is not making any money. So when the UFC comes back, they have to make all that money that’s supposed to be made over the course of the year, so they’re going to put on massive fight cards every single week until the end of the year and I cannot wait to be a part of it.
“Superfight after superfight after superfight, super fight card after super fight card, super card, super card. It’s gonna be like the UFC back in the day when there was one every couple of months and you got massive cards every time.”
Regardless, Daniel Cormier believes fans will get to see Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson on April 18.
“I hear that the fight is still happening,” Cormier said. “I haven’t heard that it’s not. So we operate under the assumption that it’s still going to happen on April 18th. I don’t know how, I don’t know where, but until Dana comes out and says it’s off, I’m gonna believe that I get to watch Khabib fight Tony on April 18th from wherever in the world that they’re gonna allow a fight to happen.”