Daniel Cormier Officially Announces Retirement

Daniel Cormier made his retirement official. The former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion did so during his show on ESPN.

Stipe Miocic defeated Cormier at the UFC 252 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX on ESPN+ as Stipe won it by decision to successfully retain the heavyweight title. 

Daniel Cormier Officially Announces Retirement

“I’m not going to fight anymore,” Cormier said (H/T to 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.”

As to why he didn’t put his gloves in the Octagon after the fight, he wanted to give the platform to his opponent. 

“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.