Daniel Cormier
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Two days after relinquishing his title to Stipe Miocic, an emotional Daniel Cormier issued a public statement that showed his incredible class in defeat.

Cormier wrote:

“It’s been a couple of days and I can’t stress the disappointment, I am so sorry to all I have let down. To my wife and kids I am so sorry you guys had to experience that, I never wanted y’all to see that and the hurt you guys showed breaks my heart everytime I think about it. My coaches I am sorry, i appreciate the work and time you’ve spent with me. My fans, thank you guys for all the love and support you have guided me to all these amazing accomplishments. Stipe Miocic and his team, congratulations on a tremendous victory, you showed so much heart and grit, you are the definition of Cleveland tough. @danawhite And all at the @ufc thank you all for everything you have done for me and my family. This has been the most amazing journey, I will decide what I am gonna do now, and as soon as I decide you will all know right away. I love you all. DC.”  

Miocic was just the second person to defeat Cormier in an MMA fight, and by doing so he became the new UFC heavyweight champion.

Now at the age of 40, it sure sounds like Cormier is considering retirement from the sport he’s loved and impacted so much over the years.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.