Daniel Cormier is done fighting. Cormier has decided to hang up his gloves for good.
The former two-division champion has officially announced his retirement.
Leading up to his trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic, DC repeated time and time again that it will be his last fight. Many believed the competitive nature of Cormier would bring him back inside the octagon for one last walk but DC has put those speculations to rest.
Cormier confirmed the news during his show on ESPN.
“I’m not going to fight anymore,” Cormier said. “I was talking to Joe Rogan after the fight, and I told him my interest is fighting for championships, and I can’t imagine with a loss that I’d be fighting for a belt again. I lost two fights in a row for the first time in my career. You’ve got to understand when it’s time, and the reality is part of the reason I got hit with that right hand by Stipe is because I’m older. You can’t fight father time.
“At 41 years old, I fought the heavyweight champion of the world three rounds to two with the idea that I wanted to win. I didn’t go in there trying to give a good account of myself. I wanted to win the fight and I still believe I can beat Stipe Miocic. But every day that passes, it doesn’t work in my favor.”
According to Cormier, the plan was to announce his retirement afterward because leaving his gloves in the cage would steal the spotlight away from Moicic.
“I lost the fight, that’s Stipe’s moment,” Cormier said. “He’s the champ. Why would I do that? Because a guy like me retires in the octagon there, that’s what people talk about.
“In the standing in the world, there’s a difference between Stipe and I. If I’m in there and I take my gloves off, it’s almost like stealing his thunder. I wasn’t going to do that. He won the fight.”
Cormier did not have an issue with the decision.
“I thought he won the fight,” Cormier said. “I don’t think with the way judging is you’re hopeful after, but the reality is he won the fight. He did a good job. He deserved to get his hand raised on that night. He won the fight.”
Cormier admitted he was disappointed with his performance
“I was very sad; I cried like always,” Cormier said. “I felt very sad and disappointed. I apologized to my coaches for not getting the job done. Apologized to my wife and kids and everybody that thought I was going to win the fight and have sacrificed so much for me to get ready for the fight.
“I started thinking to myself when I’m sulking, I started thinking to myself those reactions a lot of times were preparation for the next time. If I was so sad and I was crying because [Jon] Jones beat me, I cried and I was sad because I wanted to ensure that it hurt so much that it would never happen again. Then I started thinking, there isn’t another one. There isn’t another ‘again.’ I needed to maybe process this one a little bit different.”
Cormier knows his desire to compete will never fo away but he will be withdrawing from the USADA testing program and enjoy his retirement.
“I feel like I’m closing the door shut on this thing – it’s over,” he said. “And I’m not sad about it. I’m not sad. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss the training camps. I’m going to miss the fights. There’s nothing like a fight week, but you have to understand when it’s your time. I feel like it’s time.”