By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Daniel Cormier has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. He announced his retirement following his controversial loss to Stipe Miocic in the main event at UFC 252 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cormier said that he wanted to fight for titles. And with no more title shots in the future, he said this was it for him.
“I’m not interested in fighting for anything but titles,” Cormier said. “I don’t imagine there will be a title in the future for me, so that’ll be it for me. I’ve had a long run and I just fought my last fight. It was a pretty good fight.”
Miocic defeated Cormier by unanimous decision. It was controversial because referee Marc Goddard missed an eye poke that Cormier said for the final two rounds caused him to see black.
The 41-year-old San Jose, California native fell to 22-3-1 in his MMA career with the loss. In his career, he has only lost to Miocic and Jon Jones.
Miocic took two of their three bouts in their trilogy. Jones defeated Cormier by unanimous decision at UFC 182.
With this being the end of the road for one of the best heavyweight competitors, Cormier leaves the sport with 10 knockouts in his career. He also won five fights by submission and another seven fights by decision.
His last win in his career came against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 when he defeated Derrick Lewis by Submission (rear-naked choke) in the second-round on November 3, 2018.