UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is set to headline UFC 206, but he has worries with regard to its bookend PPV events.
UFC 205 is set to be maybe the biggest UFC event ever, taking place in Madison Square Garden for the first time with a stacked card, and UFC 207 is set to feature the return of Ronda Rousey as she challenges Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title.
Cormier was hoping Georges St-Pierre potentially returning and fighting on the 206 card with him in Toronto would help avoid the possible overshadowing, but that did not come to be and Cormier knows that impact it makes.
“Financially is a ton because I know what Anthony [Johnson] and I did at UFC 187, numbers wise, and we made some money, but not what we would make if Georges St-Pierre fought,” Cormier said on Fight Network (transcription via MMA Fighting). “So for me it’s tough, you know. I’m like, ‘I hope that they get this figured out so that the fight can be as big as UFC 200.’
“I fought on [UFC] 200, so I know what a big pay-per-view looks like in term of revenue, pay-per-view revenue,” Cormier said. “So I’m hoping that it gets worked out because [UFC] 205 is going to be massive, [UFC] 207 is going to be massive, with Georges St-Pierre in the middle the UFC can have three big shows back-to-back at the end of the year. I don’t know if we have done that in a really long time.
“I just don’t want to be at UFC 206 and kind of just get lost in the middle of [UFC] 205 and [UFC] 207, and then people are like, ‘You know what, I’m going to save my money for the Ronda [Rousey] fight’. It kind of happened at UFC 198 and [UFC] 199 where those guys struggled a little bit because people were like, ‘I’m going to [wait] to get 200, and I’m going to spend my money there’. I hope it gets worked out because financially it’s a big difference.”
Cormier will look to defend the title against “Rumble” Johnson in the main event of UFC 206; a rematch from their UFC 187 clash where Cormier originally won the vacant title.