This Saturday, Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic will complete their trilogy.
The pair will clash for the third time for the UFC heavyweight championship with both men holding one win apiece.
At UFC 252, Cormier has said he intends to retire following this bout, so will the 41-year-old go out as the UFC heavyweight champion?
Cormier has been on commentary duty thus far this year and has featured in the majority of UFC’s shows during the global coronavirus pandemic.
He also has a show with Ariel Helwani, but back in April, DC decided to get himself in shape just in case the Miocic fight came to pass.
A couple of months later it was confirmed, but Cormier had already been putting in the hard work in anticipation of it.
He had let himself go, but a video he released on Instagram shows he has clawed it back.
As you can tell just from his face, Cormier looks much healthier now. It’s a shame we don’t get a body-to-body picture, but you can definitely see the difference.
Cormier has said he hopes to be 240lbs for the fight this Saturday.
It’s crazy to think that he used to get himself down to 205lbs once upon a time!
Cormier’s coach, Javier Mendez, says the veteran looks as good as he ever has and could continue fighting after this title showdown should he wish to.
“He’s not performing like a 41-year-old,” Mendez said. “He’s in shape. His mind is sharp, his reflexes are sharp. He’s fighting like the best heavyweight there is.
“If you’re performing at that level, who’s to say you should retire? Only he can decide if he wants to retire. His abilities can say he can do it longer. I don’t know how many fights he could do, but he can definitely do it now.”
Mendez is the head of AKA, the same team that has Khabib Nurmagomedov in the fold.
When Khabib replied to DC’s video on Instagram, he simply said: “My Fat Friend.”