Daniel Cormier made historical past for himself in July 2018 when he turned the second two-time champion in UFC historical past. That yr, he received the heavyweight belt by stopping Stipe Miocic within the first spherical, whereas he held the undisputed gentle heavyweight title.
“DC” went on to defend the heavyweight belt 4 months later with a submission win over Derrick Lewis. And in your latest MMA time look and assembly with former ESPN co-host Ariel Helwani, Cormier says he ought to have dropped out then.
“Me preventing Stipe Miocic after his again surgical procedure these two instances, it wasn’t the identical battle. I could not battle. I ought to have stopped in 2018. I ought to have retired after (the) Derrick Lewis (battle), particularly after I had again surgical procedure,” he defined.
“I used to be so severely restricted, it was loopy. With my wrestling exercises, I went from 30, 40 minute wrestling and wrestling to doing ropes and leaping rope and simply doing wrestling strikes with out the bodily contact of wrestling. It was loopy. I could not battle like I wished to.”
Cormier, who was 39 on the time, scheduled his retirement for his fortieth birthday in March 2019. However due to his again surgical procedure, he was compelled to postpone it and have two extra fights with Miocic, each of which have been he misplaced.
He ended his profession at age 41 in 2020 with a file of 22-3 (with 1 NC).