Only last weekend, Daniel Cormier dominated and demolished his opponent Volkan Oezdemir in the
second round, at UFC 220, therefore successfully defending his UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship
for the third time. But only two days later, DC revealed that his fighting career won’t last long.
The former Olympian stated on The MMA Hour that he will hang up his gloves by March 20th, 2019, the
day he will turn 40 years old.
“Come March (of this year), I will have 12 months, at max, left,” Cormier said. “I’m going to be done by Mar. 20, 2019. I won’t be fighting again. “I’m going to be done at 40. I won’t be back. There won’t be jumping around or, ‘I’m done until I get the right type of fight.’ It’ll be over.”
“I’m not going to be doing this anymore. I’ve said time and time again that I’ve lived a great life in sports. I’ve loved every moment of it. My family has revolved around sports. Not only my family – [my wife] Selena and the kids – but also my mom and my dad.”
Cormier being the family man that he is, wants to spend more time with his family and provide his kids
the attention that they need. As he has been indulged in combat sports for a very long time now, he
feels content with achievements in amateur wrestling and MMA.
“I’ve been the center of the athletic universe for my family for a really, really long time. It’s time for that to be little Daniel and Marquita. It’s time for them to be the center of our athletic competition, and I just want to be one of those crazy dads that gets to yell on the sideline and just go crazy and brag about his kids.”
Despite not being able to beat his arch-rival Jon Jones, he says he will be alright with his career and it
wouldn’t matter who he would be facing in his final year as a professional MMA fighter. But he wants it
to be someone who deserves the spot. He feels that his career is more than just about his fights with
Jones or Alexander Gustafsson.
“It’s not about them anymore; it’s about me. It’s my story,” Cormier said. “I don’t care who I fight over the course of this next 14 months. It’s going to be who’s deserving. My legacy, my career, is not tied to beating Alexander (Gustafsson) more convincingly this time or finally beating Jon Jones. It doesn’t matter to me anymore. It’s about me and what I’m doing.”
“At the end of the day, I have to be OK with my career when it’s said and done, and my career is good with me when it’s said and done, whether I beat Jones or if I have to beat Gustafsson, or if I never face him. I’m fine with everything.”
Cormier started MMA at a late age of 30 and successfully won the King of the Cage and Strikeforce
heavyweight titles. Later, with a perfect record of 11 wins and no losses, he signed up with the UFC and
went on to win the heavyweight strap. He initially fought in the heavyweight division of the UFC but because of his friendship with his training partner Cain Velasquez he chose to go down to 205 pounds
Now, UFC President Dana White has stated that he would like to see Cormier lock horns with the UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic, but the DC seems to lack interest in this super fight. He has clearly left the heavyweight title path open for his best friend. This clearly shows the type of person the former Olympian is.