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Daniel Cormier on ‘one-off’ deal with WWE: ‘Maybe it does lead to something bigger’

The two-division UFC champion will serve as a guest referee at Extreme Rules.
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Daniel Cormier says his deal with WWE for Extreme Rules is a 'one-time thing' but could perhaps lead to something bigger. 

Cormier will serve as the special guest referee in the Fight Pit match between Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle at Extreme Rules on Saturday. He spoke to Mark Raimondi recently and was asked about how the deal came together. 

"It's crazy, right, because for years we've spoken about this," Cormier said. "How many times have I been at post-fight press conferences going 'I've talked to Triple H, I've talked to these guys'? We never really could find a role that worked but this made sense."

Cormier continued to say Rollins texted him about possibly refereeing his match with Riddle in Philadelphia. 

"It wasn't really from the people in charge, it was Seth Rollins who texted me, he goes, 'Hey, real-life fighting in the Fight Pit and we may be in the market for a special guest referee, would you have an interest in it?'" 

Cormier continued to say that he put WWE in contact with his agent, who just so happens to also be Becky Lynch's agent. 

"I have always wanted to do something with the WWE," Cormier continued. "But it can be intimidating with all the people, the fans, but now my career has now groomed me for this moment." 

Cormier was asked about the potential of reaching a longer-term agreement with WWE in the future. 

"As of right now, it's a one-time thing," Cormier responded. "We'll see how it goes this weekend and we'll kind of go forward from there."

"Maybe it does lead to something bigger but right now, all eyes are on Extreme Rules."

He would continue to say that he contacted UFC President Dana White and was granted permission to take part in Extreme Rules. 

Cormier was also asked about the possibility of facing Brock Lesnar in WWE. 

"No, I haven't heard anything about that," Cormier responded. 

"It seems to make a lot of sense but, as you know, just because something makes sense doesn't mean that it's going to happen. So, no, there is no talk of me fighting Brock Lesnar."