Daniel Cormier has reflected on his fourth-round TKO defeat at the hands of Stipe Miocic and where exactly it leaves him at this late point in his career.
And while he didn’t exactly say it outright, there could be a chance that we never see DC lace up gloves again.
Citing a need for deliberation alongside his love ones, Cormier took to the mic directly after the fight to let us know what was on his mind.
“A lot of times we base decisions in emotion. I don’t want to be that guy. I’m going to go back and talk to [my wife] Selina and my coaches and we’ll figure out what’s next.
“Losing is just terrible for me. I’m a competitive guy and just losing any type of fight is just terrible. Being finished to me is just insane. That’s twice I’ve been stopped, that’s not good. I’m smart enough to understand that.”
In the post-fight press conference, DC went into greater detail on the fight from a technical perspective, giving credit to Stipe for his adjustment and, in particular, his use of body-shots and how they led to the finish.
“I felt like I was doing pretty good. But then he landed that shot, in the fourth round he landed some good body punches and he landed that right hand that I didn’t see and he got the finish. He did a great job.
“I kind of took the pressure off a little bit. I don’t know why. Maybe try to rest and recover for the fifth round because he wasn’t going anywhere. I don’t know what the reasoning behind it was but obviously it was a mistake.
“That was the strategy. That’s probably the biggest letdown is how I let my coaches down. They were begging me to wrestle. That’s probably the most disappointing thing is that I didn’t do what I was trained to do. I feel like I let my coaches down.
“I think when you start finding success and landing things, you kind of fall in love with it. It feels like the [Alexander] Gustafsson fight all over again when I wrestled a lot in the first round then for the last four rounds I just didn’t and they were begging me to do it then.
“Tonight I actually paid the ultimate price for not listening to my coaches. I’m usually pretty good about doing that.”