Daniel Cormier Confirms Retirement Plans: “I’m Not Going To Fight Anymore”

Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier suffered a unanimous decision loss to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 252, a fight that turned out to be Cormier's last.

Cormier returned to the “Helwani & DC Show” today and the fighter confirmed that he is retired.

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“I’m not going to fight anymore,” Cormier said (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “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.”

DC, who’s professional MMA career began in September of 2009, retires with a record of 22-3-0-1NC.

One thing Cormier didn’t do after the loss was leave his gloves in the Octagon. DC says there is a good reason for that.

“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.”

The retired professional MMA fighter will still be a part of the UFC as a color commentator, no word has been given yet as to when he’ll return to the commentary desk.

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