Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier leaves behind a legacy like no other in the world of mixed martial arts.

The former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion confirmed that he will retire following a loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 252.

Cormier, who also competed in the Olympics for the United States, assured his fans that his career was complete.

“I feel like I’m closing the door shut on this thing – it’s over,” Cormier said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “And I’m not sad about it. I’m not sad. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss the training camps. I’m going to miss the fights. There’s nothing like a fight week, but you have to understand when it’s your time. I feel like it’s time.”

The 41-year-old went 22-3 in his career with 10 wins via knockout and five more by submission. When he finished Miocic at UFC 226 in 2018, he became the first UFC fighter to hold both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles at the same time.
Cormier would vacate the light heavyweight strap and defend the heavyweight belt over Derrick Lewis later that year. He lost the rematch and third fight with Miocic in 2019 and this past August.

“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.”

During his career, Cormier scored wins over the likes of Anderson Silva, Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson, Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva. 

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