Daniel Cormier Admits He Considered Ending Retirement
Daniel Cormier has revealed that he considered stepping back inside the Octagon, although that thought didn’t last long.
Cormier retired following his third bout with UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic back on August 15. At the age of 41, “DC” felt he had accomplished enough and was ready to solely focus on his broadcasting career and his family. There was a moment, however, when Cormier considered ditching his retirement plans.
“DC” spoke to MMAFighting.com and admitted that after a brief back-and-forth on social media with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz, Cormier said there was an itch to get back inside the Octagon momentarily.
“I’ve got to be honest. When Jan Blachowicz was like ‘hey, you want to disrespect me, get off the couch and come fight me.’ And I think to myself maybe I’ll go fight Jan Blachowicz. I’ll go fight him and get this done and then I can walk away.
“That lasted about 15 minutes and then I completely understood that I was completely done.”
Cormier went on to say that he felt a bout against Blachowicz was a big enough fight to warrant a return, but he realized that putting in the effort to move down in weight and going through another camp was too much.
“Obviously every great fighter feels they can win. I was like ‘maybe I’ll go fight Jan Blachowicz’ cause there seems to be a path for that. When I left 205, I just kind of left. I vacated the title and now that this new champion is there with not that many big-name fights on the horizon.
“Now he does now that he has Izzy (Israel Adesanya) but at the time he didn’t. It was either going to be Glover Teixeira or Thiago Santos. Well, if you’re looking at a Jan vs. Glover or Thiago, that’s a great fight but if you’re looking at a Jan Blachowicz vs. DC, that’s a bigger fight. It’s like oh my goodness this could be an opportunity.”