Sunday, December 5, 2021

Daniel Cormier Taking Time Off From UFC: “Legacy Does Matter To Me”

UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier says he plans to take a bit of time off following his win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.

“I have no idea (when Jones will be back); all I know is that I’m taking a break,” Cormier told MMAJunkie. “In 2015, I fought Jones, I fought ‘Rumble’ Johnson, and I fought Alexander Gustafsson. I fought the toughest guys the division has to offer – all in 10 months, at 36 years old. I need a little bit of a break. I fought seven times in two years in the UFC. I need some time to sit back and spend with my family. … I want to take a break, and I think I’ve earned it.

“I do think about legacy. I’m going to fight, but let’s say the wheels start to fall off and I lose or I lose twice, then I’ll probably be done. My resume and my career and my legacy in this sport means more than just collecting some checks. I’m going to do it until I’m not competitive, and when I’m not competitive and when I’m not winning at the level that I’m winning now, I’ll walk away. Because yes, legacy does matter to me, and I want to leave a good one in MMA.”

Related: Video: Daniel Cormier: If Jon Jones Is Ready To Go, I’m Ready

Daniel Cormier (17-1) is currently on a two-fight winning streak.

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