Cormier to Retire by March 2019

Coming off his third title defense at light heavyweight, the 38 year-old champion Daniel Cormier has announced that he will retire by his 40th birthday in March of 2019.

Talking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour:

“Come March, I will have twelve months at max left. I’m going to be done by March 20, 2019. I won’t be fighting again. I’m going to be done at 40, I won’t be back. There won’t be jumping around or ‘I’m done until I get the right type of fight.’ It’ll be over. I’m not going to be doing this anymore.”

”I’ve said time and time again that I’ve lived a great life in sports, I’ve loved every moment of it. My family has revolved around sports. Not only my family, Selena and the kids but also my mom and my dad. I’ve been the center of the athletic universe for my family for a really, really long time, and it’s time for that to be little Daniel and Marquita. It’s time for them to be the center of our athletic competition, and I just want to be one of those crazy dads that gets to yell on the sideline and just go crazy and brag about his kids.”

Who and how many more fights in in DC’s future is still very uncertain, but this puts the clock for the current 205-lb champ at 14 months.

 

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