Daniel Cormier (22-2) is a former UFC champion in two weight classes, light heavyweight and heavyweight. In his recent outing this past weekend he faced Stipe Miocic in the headliner of UFC 241 in Anaheim, California, US.
The contest was their second encounter since July 2018, when “DC” claimed UFC Heavyweight belt by knockout in the first round. The rematch also ended prior to the final bell – Miocic regained the title via fourth-round TKO.
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) August 18, 2019
On Tuesday, Daniel Cormier issued a statement (via social media) sharing the following:
“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. Dana White 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”
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 19, 2019
Future Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier is the second of four fighters (to date) in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously. Furthermore, he is the first and only fighter to defend the belts in both weight classes.
After winning a vacant UFC Light Heavyweight title in 2015, Cormier retained the belt four times, which includes the victories against Alexander Gustafsson, Volkan Oezdemir, among others. He relinquished the title in December 2018. “DC” claimed UFC heavyweight belt against Miocic, and made a successful defense against Derrick Lewis in the following bout.