This Saturday (15). the spotlight of MMA will be focused on UFC 252, where Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will face each other for the third time and will resolve the pending issues regarding the heavyweight belt (up to 120.2 kg.). That the trilogy will happen is a fact. However, there is doubt about the future of DC in the sport after this weekend’s confrontation. At 41, the fighter clarified plans for possible retirement.
“I loved every part of my career, but you are the best until you are no more, and if I keep trying my luck, eventually someone will catch me. I am 41 years old, and I am having a baby (his wife is pregnant). I fought as many guys as I could when I was starting. Then, I fought with all the guys who wanted to fight like champions. I got them all. I managed to fight with all the best that the UFC has ever had, I would never imagine doing what I did”, said the former champion in an interview with ‘Combate’.
In a farewell tone, DC also explained that the preparations for the fights have become more exhausting and less pleasurable over the years. The process, then, also has a direct influence on his permanence in MMA.
“It was very tiring, challenging. I love to fight, but when I was younger, the camps (training period) didn’t seem as tiring as they do today. I trained for three or four fights a year, most of the time. It didn’t seem like it is now, but we did the job. It was exactly what needed to be done to be prepared for the fight on Saturday night. I think we achieved that,” he said.
Recently, one of Daniel’s coaches, and AKA (American Kickboxing Academy) leader, Javier Mendez, stated that, in his opinion, DC should withdraw from the sport. On the other hand, the coach suggested that UFC president Dana White has a card up his sleeve to keep Cormier active.
If it is, in fact, the last fight of the former heavyweight champion, the athlete will have, in addition to the chance to end his career disputing a linear belt, a rival to match and willing to promote a great show with his opponent.
“He is a great fighter. He has perfect boxing, manages the distance very well, phenomenal vigor, and has a champion mentality. He’s a tough guy to prepare to face. (…) I will live in the moment. I’m going to live in the moment and enjoy the belt around my waist once again. This happened several times, and I can’t wait until Saturday to happen for the last time”, he finished.