The profession of one of many best combined martial arts fighters of all time has come to an finish.
Daniel Cormier mentioned Saturday night time he is calling it a profession after shedding a UFC heavyweight title battle to Stipe Miocic by unanimous determination in the primary occasion of UFC 252 in Las Vegas.
Cormier mentioned at this level in his profession, he is considering solely title fights and would not see one in his future.
“I’m not interested in fighting for anything but titles. I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future, so that will be it for me,” Cormier mentioned in his postfight interview on ESPN+. “I’ve had a long run. It’s been great. I just fought my last fight for a heavyweight championship. It was a pretty good fight.”
Coming into the bout, the previous UFC double champion mentioned it would be his ultimate battle, although there was some doubt raised by his coach, Javier Mendez, and UFC president Dana White.
“No, it’s not,” White advised ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Thursday when requested about this being Cormier’s ultimate contest.
Cormier, 41, steps away as top-of-the-line to ever compete. The former Olympic wrestler was solely the second fighter to carry two UFC titles in several weight lessons concurrently — and the one fighter to ever defend one title whereas holding each.
He was a champion in each MMA group through which he competed, together with a victory within the star-studded Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix in 2012. Cormier, a Louisiana native who lives and trains in California, misplaced to solely two males in his profession: all-time greats Jon Jones and Miocic. Of 15 UFC fights, 10 have been for a title. Cormier is a surefire future UFC Hall of Fame choice.
Cormier (22-3) holds profession victories over the likes of Miocic, Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva. “DC” was lengthy tied to his bitter rivalry with Jones. He wasn’t capable of beat Jones in two tries — one was overturned to a no contest as a result of a optimistic drug check from Jones for a steroid — however stabilized the UFC’s mild heavyweight division as champion with Jones out of motion due to a number of outside-the-cage points.
Cormier held the UFC mild heavyweight title from 2015 to 2018. He separated himself from the Jones feud by transferring as much as heavyweight and knocking out Miocic to turn into a double champion at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018. Before that, solely Conor McGregor held two UFC titles in several weight lessons on the identical time. Cormier then defended the heavyweight title by submitting Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 on Nov. 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden. Cormier received the primary ESPYS award for finest MMA fighter in 2019.
Outside the Octagon, Cormier has been an envoy for the game. He is likely one of the UFC’s high broadcast analysts, hosts applications on ESPN and coaches the wrestling group at Gilroy (California) High School, sending 13 youngsters to school up to now two years. Cormier can be the group captain on the famed American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California, which boasts such abilities as future UFC Hall of Famers Khabib Nurmagomedov and Cain Velasquez.
“When I think of what I’m most proud of in my career, it’s just everything,” Cormier mentioned in a latest interview with ESPN. “The fact that I’ve won a title in every organization I’ve ever fought in. It’s the fact that I was the second UFC double champion. It’s the fact that I trained kids in wrestling over that whole time that I fought, I always went back to practice and trained those kids. … It’s the fact that I was able to build my family, marry my loving wife [Salina] and have three children. And provide for them a life that I never thought imaginable.”
Before MMA, Cormier was a standout in novice wrestling. He’s within the NJCAA Hall of Fame with two NJCAA nationwide titles, was an NCAA nationwide runner-up in 2001 at Oklahoma State and made two Olympic groups. In 2004, Cormier completed fourth within the 96-kilogram division on the Olympics, and in 2008 he withdrew from the Games due to well being issues from a foul weight minimize.
“I’m not a guy that thinks in certain terms,” Cormier mentioned. “I think of the whole. For me, I’m so proud of the whole. I’d be so proud of the guy who walked into San Jose in 2009 uncertain and unsure because there wasn’t much value in my name after the Olympic Games. I thought to myself, I’m gonna do this MMA thing and I’m gonna try and be as good as I can be. And I believe that when I look back at that guy 11 years ago, I couldn’t have even dreamt this. This is above and beyond anything I could ever imagine.”