Dana White has given his take on the future of Daniel Cormier after his fourth-round TKO defeat at the hands of Stipe Miocic at UFC 241.
Cormier wouldn’t commit to an answer right away when pressed for some information about his fighting future, but nevertheless explained his disappointment at coming up short in such shocking fashion via a post to his Instagram profile.
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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
Speaking during a discussion with the media in the wake of the most recent edition of Dana White’s Contender Series, the UFC president explained exactly how baffled he was to see DC drop so low in the update to the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.
“I think he’s one of the best in the world. I was looking at the (official UFC) rankings today when they came out – it’s just (expletive) insane to me. This guy on Saturday night was the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He loses and drops to No. 7, and he loses to the No. 1 heavyweight contender in the world, and the guy who has the most consecutive title defenses in UFC history, and Cormier drops to No. 7? It’s crazy. He’s much higher than that, and he’s one of the best to ever do it. He’s still one of the best in the world.
“He looked damn good until, like I said the night of the fight, whoever came up with that ‘go to the body’ gameplan in between rounds was (expletive) brilliant. Brilliant. It was even more brilliant the way Stipe executed it. So, yes, I think he’s one of the best in the world, and I don’t think he should retire, but that’s up to him and his family.” (via MMAInsight)
As for his own thoughts on the former two-division champion’s retirement, White stressed his belief that Cormier is still amongst the very best fighters in the world.
“Cormier? I haven’t talked to him. The fight just happened. I haven’t talked to him, Stipe. I talked to (Anthony) Pettis today, but other than that, I don’t talk to any of the guys. I leave them alone, let them enjoy their family and do what they’re doing. It isn’t until, like, the bruises start to heal and all that (expletive) before they want to start talking fighting again, so I leave them alone.
“I’ll do anything (Cormier) wants to do, and obviously I’ll do anything that Stipe wants to do. Stipe’s got to want the trilogy, too.”