LAS VEGAS – Daniel Cormier believes he has the option to do something Saturday at UFC 252 that will resonate further than MMA in the sports heritage publications.
When Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) difficulties Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) for the heavyweight championship in the spend-for each-see headliner at UFC Apex, he will enter the octagon for the remaining time. DC has received titles in two UFC pounds lessons, set information across many divisions and competed in some of the most superior-profile fights in MMA history throughout his famed vocation.
At UFC 252, nevertheless, he appears to be to tie it all alongside one another with a last epic moment. He claimed he’s retiring – no ifs, ands or buts – and performing so with the UFC belt all around his waistline, at age 41, following beating his most important rival in a rubber match, would strike the sweet place.
Cormier stated riding off into the sunset below these conditions would established a new bar for MMA retirements when putting him in the conversation with some of the most unforgettable exits in all of athletics – in the exact breath as Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning.
“In mixed martial arts, of course – but then it can set you right along with the greatest athletics athletes of all time,” Cormier told reporters, such as MMA Junkie, on Thursday at the UFC 252 pre-combat news conference. “Michael Jordan won with the Bulls when they beat the Jazz. Regrettably he came again I won’t occur back. Peyton Manning received a Tremendous Bowl in his previous year. It would put me in that form of sphere with the greatest athletes that have ever competed across any activity. So, when I earn on Saturday, I will retire in that way.”
Cormier is extremely assured in having the victory, but he’s shed to Miocic when before and, inspite of promises of making the essential adjustments to locate the acquire, understands nothing at all is guaranteed. If issues don’t go Cormier’s way, though, he feels equipped to dwell his everyday living tranquil and shift on, as he did his rivalry with Jon Jones.
“I’m a person with a significant ego, and that would suck,” Cormier stated. “I’ve received to be trustworthy. To consider there would be two men in my vocation that had been just much better than me, and I had numerous probabilities to beat them, and I did not get it finished … Yeah, it would suck.”
1 detail that won’t take place, while, is Cormier pushing his retirement back (once again) regardless of the final result. He’s positioned himself for a fairy tale instant, and he’s pushing his chips all in a person past time.
“Most fellas in my position, when they’re talking about being carried out, they’re on the prelims somewhere, or there for some young male to defeat and elevate them selves off their title,” Cormier mentioned. “That’s not me. I’m combating to be the finest in the entire world. So Saturday when I get, I’m the finest in the earth, but you have acquired to be comfortable walking away as the finest in the environment, or sooner or later you’re likely to end up on the prelims for somebody to defeat you and construct off your identify. It is just the way the video game performs.”
UFC 252 normally takes put Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The key card airs on pay-for each-watch adhering to prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.