The UFC’s newly minted “Champ Champ” Daniel Cormier is looking forward to his retirement in the first quarter of next year.
Dead set on his retirement date, D.C. has just enough time for two more fight.
With Brock Lesnar unable to fight until January of 2019, D.C. is hoping for a light-heavyweight title defense before the Lesnar bout, which will likely be his retirement scrap.
In a new interview with MMAWeekly.com, Cormier revealed that he had some slight regret for his Brock Lesnar showdown, because Miocic was still in the cage and forced to endure it.
Taking to this new interview, Cormier decided it was time to issue a public apology to the former champion.
Here’s what he said:
“I’m glad I’m getting to talk to you cause I haven’t done this yet. I was thinking about it a lot yesterday and I was thinking about it this morning and ever since Stipe sent me that message — do it again, congratulations and all that — when you get in the moment of some of the stuff that’s happening, you don’t stop and think about everyone else. I was in fight mode and then fight build mode with [Brock] Lesnar so I kind of feel bad that Stipe had to kind of sit through that after the fight,”
“So I kind of want to apologize to him for the f–king s–t show that was going on in the Octagon after our fight. Cause it seemed like he kind of had to sit there and listen to me and Brock hollering at each other. He’s a big man and a champion for even doing that. I’m glad they didn’t interview him afterwards cause you know that can turn out bad like with me. For him to have to sit through that, that kind of sucked and I wanted to apologize to him for that.”
“I don’t think [a rematch against Stipe Miocic] will happen again because of the timing. I do believe that he’s going to be fighting for the heavyweight championship again and in the near future. There aren’t many guys in this division who can beat Stipe Miocic. So he’ll be fighting for the belt again soon.
“I do respect him a ton. Great guy, great champion. Great fighter and I wish him and his wife nothing but luck with the birth of their baby.”