Daniel Cormier Retires From MMA Following UFC 252 Loss To Stipe Miocic

Daniel Cormier is hanging up the gloves after an amazing MMA career.

Cormier announced that he'd be retiring after his UFC 252 loss Saturday night to UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic. The bout gave Miocic the rubber match in their trilogy, and left Cormier blinded in his left eye. Cormier noted he wasn't interested in competing for anything but a title, and he doesn't see that in his future so that would be it for him.

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The 41-year old had actually planned on retiring when he turned 40 years old, but gave the MMA world an extra year to compete the trilogy. He retires as a former Heavyweight Champion and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, having defended both titles.

Cormier will long be remembered for his heated feud with 205 pound great Jon Jones. The two locked horns at UFC 182 and UFC 214, with Cormier losing both. However, Jones tested positive for steroid metabolite in the latter, which returned the title to Cormier.

DC started off as a heavyweight, but actually moved to light heavyweight as to not compete with teammate Cain Velasquez. The irony of the situation was, after Cormier moved to 205 pounds, Cain would win only one more fight in his career, and compete only three times before moving to pro wrestling. 

Cormier retires with a 22-3 record with one no contest, having won his first 15 fights. He holds victories over Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, Dan Henderson, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Derrick Lewis and Stipe Miocic.

Broadcasting has already become a staple of Cormier's life, with him excelling in the booth as a color commentator, where he's set to remain for the time being. He's also the host of various UFC-based ESPN shows and productions.

Fightful wishes Daniel Cormier the best in retirement, and thank him for the many memories and moments.

UFC President Dana White commented on Cormier's retirement following the announcement:

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