Daniel Cormier lays out retirement plans, won't consider move back to heavyweight

Margot Aubert
Janvier 23, 2018

From collegiate wrestling to Olympic-level competition to a dominant run in Strikeforce and now the UFC, Cormier's list of accomplishments is long.

Miocic won 50-44 on all three scorecards early Sunday and was never seriously tested by the raw but unrefined Ngannou. He was the aggressor from the start but could not crack Miocic's defenses and had grown visibly tired by the end of the first round.

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Jon Jones Daniel Cormier
GETTYDaniel Cormier suffered a third-round KO loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214

Miocic also made history at the event, becoming the first UFC Heavyweight Champion to defend the belt three times in a row. Cormier dropped to his knees on the canvas and said this fight was the validation he needed to prove he was worthy of being called champion. I've said time and time again that I've lived a great life in sports, I've loved every moment of it. My family has revolved around sports. Jones is still tied up with the case of a failed drug test. This would be a truly meaningful legacy fight for Cormier late in his career. Even though Miocic had a huge advantage in strikes (200 to 33) and significant strikes (70 to 21), Ngannou walked away from the octagon with little damage to his face. Cain is in the gym getting back prepared to do what he does best. Cormier originally left the division four years ago to avoid facing his friend and training partner, who was then champion. Calvin Kattar, the five-foot-eleven featherweight from Methuen, Massachusetts, with a memorable nickname and alliteration, shared "fight of the night" honors with Burgos for their slugfest. "Imagine what his resume would look like if he actually got to compete that whole time".

Grinding out a win Compared to Miocic's last three fights - which all ended with first-round knockouts - the bout with Ngannou slowed to nearly a halt the last three rounds. Velasquez hasn't fought since July of 2016, but not many other match-ups make sense for Miocic.

"Now, it means something to me", Miocic said. He didn't like it and he couldn't get up. A fight between these two behemoths could be seen as a changing of the guard type fight that could relight the hype behind the Cameroonian if victorious. Miocic and Ngannou tagged each other several times, leaving each fighter staggered and seemingly on the brink of trouble. Hunt gained notoriety for his one-punch knockouts throughout his UFC career, a trait Ngannou has been shadowing since joining the organization. Ngannou found his way in his 20s and eventually visited the MMA Factory where he met his eventual coach, Fernand Lopez. The Ohio native leapt the cage and roared: 'I'm the world champ' almost in disbelief at his achievements. So, that's not on my radar right now, you know?

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