Daniel Cormier is no longer the UFC heavyweight champion.
At UFC 241, the former champ-champ was taking on Stipe Miocic, the rematch from their fight at UFC 226 where ‘DC’ knocked out Miocic in the first round. Now, however, the result was not the same and the question of what is next is a big one for Cormier. He was non-committal on retirement following the fight as he said this:
“You don’t make decisions based on emotions. But this is a tough pill to swallow,” he said. “At 40-years-old, and so many other opportunities [available], I need to speak to my wife and make an educated decision as to what we’re going to do.”
Even UFC president, Dana White was unsure what the future of Daniel Cormier holds but wants him to take time to think about it.
“I don’t know what the future is for Cormier,” White said in the post-fight press conference. “I told him, ‘Don’t think about whether you want to fight again, you don’t want to fight again and any of that stuff. Just relax. Go home and spend some time with your family and we’ll talk about all that shit later’.”
If Cormier does indeed retire after this heartbreaking loss, he will still go down as one of the greatest fighters of all-time. He became just the second fighter in UFC history to become a champion in two weight classes at the same time. He has beaten some of the top names in the sport like Miocic, Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, Antonio Silva, Roy Nelson, and Josh Barnett among others. The names go on and on.
Not only has he beaten some of the top names in the sport, but his accolades are also what makes him a legend. He defended the light heavyweight title three times, defended the heavyweight belt once. He was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion, a heavyweight champion on the regional scenes.
What also makes him great is the fact that he never tested positive for anything. He was always a clean athlete, where, unfortunately, he had fought some fighters on PEDs during his career. Yet, that never made ‘DC’ decide to take them. Instead, he stuck with it and kept on fighting.
Regardless of this outcome at UFC 241, Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest of all-time, period. He was a legend of the sport and the only two fighters he has lost to are Jon Jones, who is arguably the greatest fighter of all-time and Miocic, who is arguably the greatest heavyweight of all-time.
If he does retire, it was an amazing career for Daniel Cormier and one fighter’s and fans will never forget. He will be in the GOAT conversation for years to come and on the Mount Rushmore of MMA alongside the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Demetrious Johnson. Even though ‘DC’ lost at UFC 241, it does not hurt his legacy at all as he still goes out as one of the best fighters to ever do it.
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The Scrap’s Cole Shelton is a full-time MMA writer for various news outlets. Make sure to follow Cole on Twitter (@ColeShelton91) for a variety of content.