There are few fighters in the UFC who have accomplished what the former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, has. And he remains adamant that his next fight will be his last.
During a UFC 248 media scrum, courtesy of Mike Bohn from USA Today, the former double champ was asked about his plans for retirement and if they’ve changed.
Cormier answered, “You ever [seen] a carton of milk, and there’s an expiration date, mine was supposed to be last year.” Laughing, Cormier continued, “Every day we move past it. I’m pretty sure I’m sour, man. You don’t want to drink me [in] your cereal.
On a more serious note, Cormier said, “You know man, I just want to fight [UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic], get my belt back, and be done.”
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Daniel Cormier Wants a Trilogy Fight With Stipe Miocic
Cormier wants to fight the current heavyweight champ for the third time and then hang it up. The 40-year-old Cormier won the heavyweight title by knocking out Miocic in the first round of their main event bout at UFC 226.
The two men rematched 13 months later at UFC 241, and the end result was much different. The fight went four rounds with Cormier dominating most of the fight, but the gritty Miocic was able to land multiple powerful body shots to Cormier, leading to a TKO finish.
The third fight hinges on Miocic’s health. He incurred an eye injury during UFC 241, and although he has been medically cleared to fight, he wants to take his time getting back into the Octagon in hopes of preventing another eye injury.
Daniel Cormier Has Had an Illustrious Career at Heavyweight & Light Heavyweight
Cormier started his MMA career in the heavyweight division, going 13-0 until he dropped down to light heavyweight. He fought in the light heavyweight division for most of his UFC career, going 7-1 with one no contest. The only man to defeat Cormier in the division is the current #1 pound-for-pound fighter and light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
During his light heavyweight career, Cormier captured the belt and successfully defended it on three separate occasions.
Cormier moved up to heavyweight in July 2018 to fight Miocic in a champion vs. champion superfight. After he defeated Miocic by first-round KO, he etched his name in the history books as one of the only fighters to simultaneously hold two UFC championship belts at the same time.
He defended the heavyweight belt once when he submitted Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 in November of 2018. His next bout was the rematch against Miocic, and he lost the belt by fourth-round TKO.