Daniel Cormier
DC

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Loses UFC Heavyweight Championship
HeavyweightUFC
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.
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Admits to December back surgery
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May 8, 2019
Cormier revealed Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he underwent back surgery in December following his UFC 230 victory over Derrick Lewis.
ANALYSIS
Cormier admitted that his back was giving him trouble prior to the Lewis fight, but he received treatment prior to that contest and was able to retain his championship belt in the end. The pain got progressively worse, however, all leading up to a surgical procedure that took place Dec. 22. Now more than five months removed from surgery, Cormier says he is feeling much better. It would be unwise to face former champion Stipe Miocic at anything less than 100 percent, and the procedure helps explain why this fight was not booked sooner. The two are scheduled to square off on Aug. 17 at UFC 241, and Cormier sits as approximately a (-165) betting favorite for the rematch. It could very well end up being one of his final UFC fights.
To headline UFC 241 vs. Miocic
HeavyweightUFC
May 4, 2019
Cormier will take on Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
ANALYSIS
In the first meeting between the two, Cormier caught Miocic with a stiff first-round uppercut that ended the champion's night early and allowed Cormier to simultaneously hold titles in two divisions. That happened last summer at UFC 226, and Cormier has since went on to defend his heavyweight title at UFC 230 in November. He's been relatively quiet since, as rumors of a proposed fight against Brock Lesnar have fizzled off after UFC President Dana White announced that Lesnar would be retiring. A back injury has also hampered his ability to book another fight, which forced DC to extend his self-imposed retirement deadline that passed last March. Miocic, on the other hand, has been on the sidelines since their first fight, patiently awaiting a rematch after his run that set the UFC record for most heavyweight title defenses (three). The characteristics defining the first fight will once again hold true here. Miocic has massive height and reach advantages, but the power DC brings to heavyweight is hardly disputed at this point. Cormier is the better pure wrestler, but that's been far from a weakness in Stipe's game during his UFC run. It will be a battle of heavy hands that should be closer than the first time around, though expect DC to enter as a betting favorite for the late-summer matchup.
Fight with Jon Jones not on deck
HeavyweightUFC
March 19, 2019
UFC president Dana White said Monday that Cormier (back) won't fight Jon Jones upon returning from injury and would instead face either Brock Lesnar or Stipe Miocic, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
White's comments make it increasingly unlikely that a third installment of a Cormier-Jones will ever occur, given that Cormier has previously hinted that his retirement could be forthcoming. Before sustaining the back injury, Cormier expressed a desire to end his career by March 20 -- his 40th birthday -- but he'll put those plans on hold for now and re-enter the Octagon at least one more time. According to Alex McCarthy of TalkSport.com, Cormier said that a matchup with Lesnar would be his preferred choice, but any fight would be contingent on Lesnar satisfying his current obligations to the WWE. Based on Lesnar's current schedule with the WWE, any fight with Cormier would realistically have to happen at some point between June and September.
Saddled with back issue
HeavyweightUFC
February 11, 2019
Cormier is dealing with a back injury stemming from UFC 230 in November, Damon Martin of MMA Weekly reports.
ANALYSIS
It was revealed that an injury of some sort was nagging the heavyweight champion back in January, but the exact nature and cause have finally been revealed. Per Martin, the back injury isn't severe enough to warrant surgery, but Cormier will not retire by his 40th birthday in March as originally planned, Luke Thomas of MMAFighting.com reports. Cormier still hasn't contacted any fighters in an effort to schedule his next fight, so a timeline for his return remains murky. More information on his status will likely emerge once his back is healthy enough to allow him to consider a return to the octagon.
Currently dealing with injury
HeavyweightUFC
January 18, 2019
UFC President Dana White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Instagram Live that Cormier is currently unable to fight due to an undisclosed injury (via Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports).
ANALYSIS
Cormier has previously asserted a self-imposed retirement deadline of approximately his 40th birthday in March, but he still has unfinished business in multiple divisions, and would seemingly be willing to extend that date if a he's unable to book a fight in the near future. Talks of a trilogy fight with Jon Jones have spurred discussion, but it appears Jones is content to remain at 205 and defend his recently-earned belt. Stipe Miocic has also been asking for a rematch with Cormier for quite some time, but it's unclear how the former champion fits into Cormier's plans. Another wild card option is Brock Lesnar, who has told Dana White that he's still interested in a return. Outside of a Jones rematch, Cormier would likely enter as a betting favorite in any of those fights. One would expect Cormier to consider calling it quits at some point towards the end of 2019, but it's unclear how many fights he's looking to lock in before that, as well as how much his health will permit him to do so.