Latifi Makes Official Call For D.C. To Defend Or Vacate

Two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier and UFC light heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi have not been getting a long as of late. Now it would appear that Latifi has come forward to propose an ultimatum for the reigning champion.

Daniel Cormier caused some controversy when he accepted a call out from Corey Anderson over other UFC light heavyweights, such as Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira or Ilir Latifi. Speaking to ESPN, Ilir Latifi has now come forward with his thoughts on Daniel Cormier’s potential return to the light heavyweight division after having won the heavyweight title.

“Honestly, I don’t think he’s going to come down any more. I think he’s playing around, seeing what money fights he can make. I understand that in a way, but something needs to happen at 205. There are guys who want that shot at a title or interim title.

“He says a lot of things. He’s said he’ll fight me. I told him to be a man of his word and do it. If he’s looking for more comfortable fights, he shouldn’t be champ.”

“Either he comes down and defends against me this year, or they have to make an interim title or force him to step down from the title. It’s only fair. I think what he’s done for the sport is great, and he’s a great champion, but it’s a new time now.”

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