Daniel Cormier has expressed his excitement for his UFC 241 rematch with Stipe Miocic but also stressed that his days the sport are numbered.
UFC 226’s headliner stood as one of the biggest shocks of 2018 as Cormier managed to completely flip the script on the dominant champion Stipe Miocic, knocking him out in the very first-round.
In the time since, DC has gone on to defend the title – beating Derrick Lewis on short-notice at UFC 230 in a clinical display.
Miocic, on the other hand, hasn’t fought since – leaving him out of action for close to a year at this point.
Speaking in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Cormier explained how he expects a better version of Stipe once the cage doors close this time around.
“I think he’s going to be mad, I think he’s going to be upset. I think he might be a little bit emotional. But I truly believe that he’s going to be a better version of himself. I don’t think for a second he’s going to make the same mistakes that he did the first time.
“I think it’s going to be a much more difficult fight. There were some areas that Stipe could have done better and I believe his coach is a fantastic coach, and he’ll go and address those issues. So I’m going to have a much tougher fight on my hands this time.”
As for his own fighting future, Cormier had repeatedly stated that he hoped to retire before his 40th birthday – which fell at the end of March. Now 40 and still competing, he went on to explain how absolutely nothing is certain in this sport and that he is at the point where he is viewing each fight as a precious thing.
“You know, I always said I was going to fight until – about to turn 40 which would’ve been March. In a card March 2nd. I couldn’t make that one, so, if I hold true to what I was saying then this would be the final one. I don’t anticipate fighting much past this. I just want to go out there and do my thing.
“But, ultimately, I know what led to me having trouble in wrestling. Knowing, like, there are so many differences in wrestling. I was like, “Last time I’m ever going to weigh-in, last time I’m going to do this -,” I don’t need to be looking at it as if it’s a weight off of my shoulders. I get the opportunity to prepare again. I get the opportunity to go chase another gold belt. A new gold belt. I got to really live in that and enjoy that.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena