Daniel Cormier said he wouldn’t feel like a champion until he walked into UFC 220 and walked out with the win in the UFC Light Heavyweight title bout against Volkan Oezdemir.
Cormier (20-1) lost the title to Jon Jones at UFC 214, but the title was forfeited to Cormier after Jones ailed a drug test.
Despite the title back in his possession, Cormier said he wouldn’t feel like a champion until he got a win.
“I’ve lost twice to Jon Jones, and I came into this fight like I was fighting for a vacant title,” Cormier said (h/t ESPN).
“I fought for a vacant title and I got the job done. So, I’m UFC champion again.”
Cormier had high praise for Oezdemir (15-2).
“I proved that I am worthy of being called champion,” Cormier said. “But Volkan is on the level. Everybody who makes it to this point is on the level.”
Cormier, 38, has said 2018 may be his final year of competition and put on an impressive performance to reclaim the title in a way he wanted to.
Cormier could be in line for a mega-fight showdown as UFC President Dana White has stated his interest in a Cormier and Stipe Miocic showdown.