UFC: Daniel Cormier Says He May Not Fight Again
One of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time, Daniel Cormier may hang up his gloves before fighting Stipe Miocic again.
We as MMA fans rarely get an insight into when some of the best in the game will retire. It can be both a blessing and a curse, as we’ve seen throughout history. For example, Frank Shamrock retired only one fight after losing his Strikeforce title. Georges Saint-Pierre retired after (questionable or not) successfully defending his title against Johny Hendricks, but would later return to win UFC middleweight title. And Miesha Tate would retire two fights after winning the UFC bantamweight title.
This has been extremely rare case in our beloved sport, mostly because fighters have trouble embracing the fact that they are no longer in their primes anymore. There is more to life than fighting, but that’s tough to explain to someone to whom fighting has been their entire life.
However, Cormier was the polar opposite. After retaining his light heavyweight title against Volkan Oezdemir, he said he wants to retire by the age of 40. As a result of injuries, the former two division UFC champion has given himself a slight extension, but he won’t be giving himself much more of one.
Eleven days ago, Cormier turned 41, awaiting his trilogy bout with Stipe Miocic. Speaking to Bloody Elbow, ‘DC’ discussed how the coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on the fight with the current UFC heavyweight champion.
“I don’t think it’s shifted too much,” Cormier said. “I think that we were looking at the summer, late summer, anyways. I think by late summer we should be getting back rolling as a country, as an organization. It affects the ability to go into the gym right now as I would be, but I don’t know the effects of that with some of these other things.”
The restrictions by the president of the United States, Donald Trump, are becoming stricter by the day, as the U.S. is currently the world’s leader in affirmed coronavirus cases. ‘Riding into the sunset’ might become a reality for Cormier if the situation doesn’t improve by the summer.
“Yeah. This thing starts going to late fall, getting into the winter, there’s no way. I’d be done. Yeah, I think it needs to happen by the summer,” he said.
A few days ago, Miocic stated that the trilogy with Cormier is not his priority right now, under the current circumstances with the coronavirus.
With his fate in the fighting business looming, Cormier’s biggest foe, Jon Jones. has been in the centre of attention once more. ‘DC’ said he was not the person to celebrate his rival’s mistake.
“But that’s not me. I didn’t celebrate. I didn’t celebrate the other kid getting in trouble again. I don’t think you should celebrate or dance on someone’s grave in their darkest moments.”
“I think the UFC needs to save him. Keep him, but then try really to help him try to get better,” Cormier stated.
Cormier is currently 1-1 against Miocic. After defeating Stipe in a ‘Performance of the Night’ effort at UFC 226 to win the UFC heavyweight title, ‘DC’ would then lose the belt in one of the greatest heavyweight fights in UFC history at UFC 241.
If the trilogy fight happens, who do you have winning, Daniel Cormier or Stipe Miocic?