On March 20th, 2019, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will be done with his professional fighting career. The said date would be his 40th birthday, and as “DC” has promised multiple times in the past, he will no longer be stepping inside the Octagon past this age.
Cormier has fought under MMA’s brightest lights for a long time now, even during his stint as a heavyweight fighter under the now defunct Strikeforce organization. He continued this dominant streak through his UFC stint 2013, even after moving down from heavyweight to light heavyweight.
Now 39 years of age, Cormier continues to fight at the highest level. And as he inches closer to his retirement date, the former NCAA Division I wrestler is not looking at any form of levelling down from the status that he currently enjoys.
“I’ve main evented and been at the top of the card my entire UFC career,” Cormier said in a recent appearance on the Rich Eisen Show. “I don’t want to end up fighting like on the prelims or on the opener of a pay-per-view. I want to stay in these spots that I’ve been where it builds to that madness of the main event.”
“If you’ve ever been to the UFC, the energy is insane,” he added. “When I fight (Jon) Jones or Anderson (Silva), by the time we get in that cage, it feels like the roof is gonna fly off the T-Mobile Arena or the Honda Center. Because people are just so riled up, and I don’t want to be fighting earlier in the night and not experiencing that anymore.”
With that being said, Cormier has actually outlined his path to retirement, which involves three massive events that could easily keep him in the headliner spot.
“I get this title (from) Stipe (Miocic), then I get to (Brock) Lesnar or Jones when he comes back,” Cormier said.
The two losses on Cormier’s record were courtesy of Jones, but the most recent one that happened at UFC 214 last July was overturned to a No Contest when “Bones” tested positive for a banned substance.
While he may be down 0-2 in both fights, Cormier still believes he can actually win over the man who was once considered as the greatest of all-time.
“He may never give me a fair shake, but I want to try and get it done,” Cormier said. “Means a lot to me to win that fight.”
In the meantime, Cormier will be facing task number one, when he challenges Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight title at UFC 226 on July 7th in Las Vegas.