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Daniel Cormier Explains How He Wants to Retire, Says His Head Is Only on UFC 241 Fight

August 12, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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MMA Fighting recently spoke to UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier ahead of his upcoming title defense against Stipe Miocic. Cormier defends the title against Miocic later this Saturday, August 17 in Anaheim at UFC 241. Below are some highlights.

Cormier on retirement talk and staying focus on this fight: “My head is on this fight. We just go one at a time at this point. Because for a champion and a guy that’s been around and been a champion for a long time, at a point you start making such amazing amounts of money and the fame level is so high, people struggle to walk away. The problem with that is ultimately you’ve seen the door. It’s whether you get shown the door or you choose to walk out. That’s what I have to decide.”

Cormier on not wanting to go out with a loss: “I’ve long said I don’t want to be a guy that goes out on my back. A lot of our greatest champions they leave the sport on their back. They leave as former champions. They leave their fans with that last vision of their favorite fighter on their back, [then] standing in the middle of the Octagon while their belt is getting strapped on someone else. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to be a guy that goes out on his own terms. I know that as you turn 40 years old, that time starts to near. I just have to decide if that time is now or a little bit later down the line.”

Cormier on how he wants to go out: “I’ve long said I would get out not because I couldn’t compete anymore but I would get out because I would just feel it’s time for me to go.”

Daniel Cormier on not wanting to fight just anybody for his last fights: “If you have a guy that’s in my situation that’s won 90 percent of his fights and been a champion and lived this tremendous life that I’ve been blessed, you don’t want to stand across the Octagon from just anybody. It needs to be something big.”

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