Did Daniel Cormier Retire At The Right Time?
Someone quite close to Daniel Cormier believes the decision to retire needs to stick.
Cormier’s final pro MMA bout was on August 15. He challenged Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship in their trilogy fight. In the end, it was Miocic who got the nod via unanimous decision. Cormier insists that he will go through with retirement.
The longtime head coach of Cormier, Javier Mendez, was a guest on MMAJunkie.com‘s Hablemos MMA podcast. During his appearance, Mendez admitted that he hopes Cormier stays retired.
“He needs to stop,” Mendez said in Spanish on Monday’s episode of “Hablemos MMA”. “He’s 41, and the truth is that he’s not the same person I had when he was 27 years old. He’s gone down a bit.
“He’s got so many obligations with interviews, television, and it’s best that he doesn’t fight. It sucks that the fight went that way, and he had to leave like that, but you know, he’s one of the best in the world. What he’s done is very big. He doesn’t need to do any more. He’s not No. 1 or 2 pound-for-pound, but he’s four or seven or around that number. What he did is great. I don’t want him to fight, and he doesn’t want to fight because he only wants to fight for titles. And for what? He’s going to make more money with television and other things, and if he’s not fighting for a title, why fight?”
Cormier ends his career with a pro record of 22-3, 1 NC. He walks away from MMA competition having won the UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Titles. He is also a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion. Outside of the Octagon, Cormier appears to be set as a color commentator for the UFC. Reports have surfaced claiming that WWE is also interested in Cormier’s services.