Cormier admits he should have retired before Miocic trilogy defeat

Daniel Cormier had to ‘crawl up the stairs in his house’ due to severe back pain with UFC legend admitting he should have retired before Stipe Miocic trilogy defeat following surgery

  • Daniel Cormier suffered defeat by Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight trilogy fight 
  • He retired afterwards at the age of 41 but believes he called it quits too late 
  • American had surgery on his back in 2018 and thinks then was the right time  

Daniel Cormier believes he should have retired from MMA after back surgery in 2018, rather than plough on with the trilogy against Stipe Miocic. 

Miocic handily beat Cormier in their third fight earlier this year, prompting DC to hang up the gloves for good and concentrate on his role as a pundit. 

The American has now had enough separation from the emotional defeat to assess the last couple of years and what he should have done.   

Daniel Cormier (left) believes he should have retired before his defeat by Stipe Miocic (right)

‘When I had that back surgery in 2018 after Derrick Lewis it was over. It was over. Like I mean, it was absolutely, it was over,’ he said on DC and Helwani.

‘I fought twice since and I possibly should not have. You can find those things in hindsight. 

‘But, when I had that back surgery it so severely limited what I could do that it was pretty much over. I wasn’t the same guy. I trained hard last fight and Stipe beat me.

‘But, I just wasn’t the same guy no more after the back surgery. I should’ve probably stopped, I should’ve probably stopped. I wasn’t the same guy, I couldn’t train as I trained before and that is about as honest as I could be with everyone.

DC is now concentrating on his work as a broadcaster full time having hung up the gloves 

Cormier even revealed that his back pain was so bad he had to crawl up stairs sometimes. 

He added: ‘I think you can’t live with regret. Living with regret is tough. It sucks because at the end of 2018 I was atop the world. I was the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, I beat Stipe, I had won back the light heavyweight championship, I defeated Derrick Lewis. 

‘Anytime you are the first at anything in the UFC, it is massive. At the end of 2018, I was riding that wave but then my back was just so bad.

‘It was bad for a long time, right, there were a lot of times in the middle of training camp I would have to take days off because my back was so beat up. Legitimately, break everything down to the core, all the wear and tear in order to get back to my feet.

Cormier admitted he could not train as hard as he wanted to after back surgery

‘I remember times in the middle of my championship run or before when I was crawling up the stairs at my house because my back was so jacked up. I was always able to manage it but once I had that surgery it was done.’ 

Cormier is likely to end up in the UFC Hall of Fame having been a two-weight champion at both light-heavyweight and heavyweight. 

Despite the fact that there are regrets over the way he went out, fans warmed to him over recent years and he will be remembered with great affection.  




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