Daniel Cormier
DC

USA

Makes retirement official
HeavyweightOther
August 31, 2020
Cormier officially announced his retirement Monday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This wasn't a huge surprise, but Cormier did make it official by saying "I'm not going to fight anymore...my interest is fighting for championships, and I can't imagine with a loss that I'd be fighting for a belt again. I lost two fights in a row for the first time in my career. You've got to understand when it's time." Cormier ends his career as one of the most decorated fighters the UFC has seen. He had extended, successful runs at both heavyweight and light heavyweight, even holding both belts simultaneously for a period of time. Despite ending things on a loss, Cormier can comfortably ride off into the sunset with a bright future as a coach and commentator ahead of him.
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Handed six-month medical suspension
HeavyweightOther
August 17, 2020
Cormier (eye) has been given a six-month suspension or will need clearance from an ophthalmologist before he can return to the Octagon, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cormier suffered a torn cornea and reported a total loss of vision following an accidental eye poke from Stipe Miocic in the third round of Saturday's bout. Cormier may not require surgery, but the 41-year-old also indicated after the fight that he could be looking toward retirement.
Suffers torn cornea
HeavyweightOther
August 16, 2020
Cormier suffered a torn cornea after being poked in his left eye during the third round of Saturday's bout with Stipe Miocic at UFC 252, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Cormier said after the fight that he lost all vision in his left eye following the accidental poke from Miocic. For now, doctors have told Cormier that he won't need surgery, but they'll continue to monitor the healing process before completely ruling it out. The 41-year-old currently has no timetable for a return, but that may be irrelevant now, as Cormier suggested he may retire during his post-fight interview.
Falls to Stipe, retirement likely
HeavyweightOther
August 15, 2020
Cormier came up short in his quest to regain the UFC Heavyweight Championship, falling to Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 47-48) at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas. He announced his likely retirement following the fight.
ANALYSIS
DC was surprisingly content with engaging Stipe in a kickboxing match. While there were a few moments in which the two men were engaged in the clinch along the fence, for the most part this fight was spent standing and striking at distance. Cormier did pretty well for the better part of the first two rounds before Stipe dropped him with a looping right late in the second frame. DC was in all sorts of trouble and was saved by the bell. It was the biggest moment of the fight. He was clearly compromised for the better portion of Round 3 but eventually appeared to recover. Cormier was also the victim of an accidental eye poke late in the third frame that referee Marc Goddard -- who is probably the best official in the sport today -- missed. DC's eye was a wreck the rest of the fight, but he somehow managed to battle through it. He told Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview that he couldn't see a single thing out of his left eye. To his credit, as always, DC handled it with class and Goddard admitted his mistake to Cormier after seeing a replay. Cormier managed to remain competitive over the course of the final two rounds despite the fact he was essentially fighting with one eye, but Miocic's cardio appeared to be just a tad better and that, combined with the eye injury, likely made the ultimate difference in the later stages of the fight. Rogan asked Cormier in the earlier mentioned interview if this was it for him. While it wasn't the most forceful retirement announcement we have ever heard, DC said he's only interested in fighting for titles and he doesn't see that in his future. Stranger things have happened, but DC has a million things going for him outside of the Octagon. It wouldn't be a surprise if he truly does hang them up. If that is indeed the case, his next stop will be the UFC Hall of Fame.
Rematch with Miocic on tap
HeavyweightOther
June 9, 2020
Cormier will fight Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 252 on Aug. 15 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This marks the third matchup between these two heavyweights and the first fight for both since their bout last August. Cormier put away Miocic in the first round of their first matchup back in July of 2018, but succumbed to body shots when the two faced off again last August. DC will now look to get his belt back and could very well retire on top if successful, as he turned 41 years old in March. As for how sportsbooks see this one, Cormier closed as a betting favorite the last time around, but he currently appears to be a slight betting underdog for the trilogy, though it's a line that could easily shift. Both his age and performance his last time out likely play a role in that.
Loses UFC Heavyweight Championship
HeavyweightOther
August 17, 2019
Cormier lost his UFC Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Stipe Miocic via TKO (punches) at 4:09 of Round 4 at UFC 241 in Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Cormier appeared to be well on his way to successfully defending his title before his striking defense suddenly vanished in Round 4. DC started very quickly. He had Miocic in trouble multiple times in the early going, but he was unable to close the deal and Cormier ultimately paid for it with his belt. DC's corner repeatedly stated in between rounds that Cormier didn't have his hands up high enough in the striking exchanges between the two men, but it was Stipe's body shots that eventually turned the tide of the fight. DC is going to be bitterly disappointed by the loss, but the truth of the matter is that he fought pretty darn well prior to the finish. Cormier has stated on multiple occasions that he plans on retiring in the not-too-distant future, and it makes you wonder if a setback like this one will accelerate that time line or slow it down. For the record, he stated in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan that he is undecided about continuing his career at this time and wants to talk to his wife before making any decisions.