Daniel Cormier released an emotional statement on social media on Monday apologising to his family and fans following his UFC 241 defeat to Stipe Miocic.
DC was defeated by TKO during the fourth round of Saturday night’s main event in Anaheim, losing the UFC world heavyweight title in the process.
Cormier, who had previously beaten Miocic in July of 2018 to claim the title, dominated the majority of the rematch against his opponent, winning the first three rounds but was stopped in the fourth after a series of heavy shots.
The former two-weight world champion took to social media on Monday to release a statement apologising for his performance, which resulted in just his second defeat in the MMA, as well as thanking his opponent, Miocic.
“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 every time 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.
“Dana White 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.”
Cormier, who is now 40-years-old, has previously spoken about retirement however he did not touch upon it in his statement, outlining that he hasn’t decided what he will do with his future yet.