Cormier has often mentioned that he will resign around his 40th birthday. The current UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champ will come to that number on March 20 which is a little more than three months away. At that point he intends to stop battling and probably remain in the game as a broadcast expert or a commentator, a job he does well right now for FOX Sports, and as a coach, which he has been for a considerable length of time at his American Kickboxing Academy preparing camp in San Jose, California.
Yet, there’s one individual – and a usually persuasive individual, who doesn’t want to see DC retire: UFC President Dana White.
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“You know me,” White on Thursday told MMAjunkie in Toronto. “When it’s time for someone to retire, I’m the first one to say, ‘See you later, have a good rest of your life.’ Cormier isn’t that guy. I think Cormier’s got three good fights left in him. I’d love to see him stick around longer. We’ll see how it plays out. I know his camp is really pulling for him to call it a wrap. I hope he doesn’t.”
Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) has recently fought against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 in November and won convincingly. Preceding that, he won the heavyweight belt against Stipe Miocic in July to end up a two-division champ, only the second in UFC history.