Retirement is a possibility for the former two division UFC champion, but Cormier will speak with family and coaches before making any decisions.
“A lot of times we base decisions in emotion. I don’t want to be that guy. I’m going to go back and talk to [my wife] Selina and my coaches and we’ll figure out what’s next,” Cormier said at the UFC 241 post fight press conference (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “Losing is just terrible for me. I’m a competitive guy and just losing any type of fight is just terrible. Being finished to me is just insane. That’s twice I’ve been stopped, that’s not good. I’m smart enough to understand that.”
Cormier has now suffered his second loss as a professional MMA fighter, with the other coming to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 182.
DC said that strategy for the fight was to use the wrestling skills to secure a win, but Cormier felt he lets the coaches down by abandoning that game plan.
“That was the strategy,” Cormier said. “That’s probably the biggest letdown is how I let my coaches down. They were begging me to wrestle. That’s probably the most disappointing thing is that I didn’t do what I was trained to do. I feel like I let my coaches down.”
If DC does decide to call it quits, it would end a professional MMA career that began all the way back in September of 2009.