Daniel Cormier insists he won’t decide on his retirement primarily based on emotion after the 40-year-old misplaced his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241.
Cormier’s rematch with Miocic was ended within the fourth spherical on Saturday, with the latter having landed a flurry of punches.
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Miocic (19-3) was preventing for the primary time since shedding his title to Cormier (22-2) at UFC 226 in July 2018.
Previous to the bout, Cormier’s coach Javier Mendez had advised the fighter ought to retire, relatively than tackle Jon Jones – who labeled Miocic “the greatest heavyweight of all time” – in a trilogy struggle.
Stipe is palms down the best heavyweight of all time. I don’t have anything else to say
– Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019
Requested about the opportunity of calling it a day, Cormier conceded he should take critical consideration over his subsequent transfer.
“You don’t make decisions based on emotions. But this is a tough pill to swallow,” he mentioned.
“At 40 years old, and so many other opportunities [available], I need to speak to my wife and make an educated decision as to what we’re going to do.”
Cormier added when requested the place the struggle went mistaken for him: “I assume [Miocic] made nice physique photographs. He hit me with plenty of proper palms and I did not actually really feel something, so perhaps I took these as a right.
“He landed an incredible one and did a great job of following up. He is a implausible champion, congratulations to him and his group.”
UFC president Dana White, in the meantime, suggested Cormier to take time over his choice.
“I do not know what the longer term is for Cormier,” White mentioned within the post-fight press convention.
“I instructed him, ‘Do not take into consideration whether or not you need to struggle once more, you do not need to struggle once more and any of that stuff. Simply loosen up. Go dwelling and spend a while with your loved ones and we’ll speak about all that s- later.'”
Elsewhere, welterweight star Nate Diaz (20-11) defeated Anthony Pettis (22-9) by unanimous choice in his first look since shedding his rematch towards Conor McGregor in 2016.
A trilogy struggle towards McGregor might now be on the playing cards and Diaz is open to reigniting his rivalry with the Irishman.
“I’m gonna fight the baddest dudes at the biggest shows, that’s what I want to do,” Diaz mentioned. “If it’s up to everyone who is involved, if they want it, they’re going to call me.”