Daniel Cormier Finds Redemption by Besting Oezdemir in UFC Title Match

My coach respects me: UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic explains Dana White snub

Stipe Miocic: There Went The Boom

If UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier's plan is carried out to perfection, he will exit the Octagon for the final time before his 40th birthday.

Cormier rematched his bitter rival last July in the main event of UFC 214, a bout which gave him the opportunity to avenge his 2015 loss to the New York native.

"Come March [of this year], I will have 12 months, at max, left", Cormier said.

"I'm going to take the odds again and say yes", White said.

While he hopes to fight through 2018, Cormier said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that he will retire by March 20, 2019 - the day of his 40th birthday.

But the truth is, Miocic should take his time to heal up and enjoy his well-deserved break, because realize a fight with Brock Lesnar is looming.

There have been many fighters who retired and then came back to fight again shortly after.

Sporting a huge mouse under his left eye and wanting to be anywhere except speaking to the media, Miocic didn't want to hear any of it. I'm not going to be doing this anymore. I've loved every moment of it. My family has revolved around sports. Not only my family, Selena and the kids, but also my mom and my dad. I've done everything right and I've just been dragged down by this guy constantly.

The management team, backed by Jones, is very determined to water down the failed test. The July result had made the California State Athletic Commission to reject his victory and declare the duel a no-contest.

"I've lost twice to Jon Jones", Cormier said.

Werdum says he has a meeting with UFC president Dana White scheduled for Jan. 29 - one in which the former titleholder hopes only to discuss only "good things".

Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of shots to the face. "They just want to see me fight these big guys". I'm just going to try to figure out what's going on with my hand and see what's next. He's a nice guy, for sure. Competitively all I want to do is fight him again, but at some point it's just like, man is it ever gonna be just a fight without nothing else? Both fighters built their reputations on the strength of nasty knockouts, and Ngannou was coming off a GIF-worthy KO just seven weeks ago. It's a riskier fight for Jury than Kattar, based on rankings, but it has "Fight of the Night" potential. That includes Kattar, who is now 2-0 in the UFC.

Cormier was awarded the title after Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight championship when he failed his latest doping test.

One would think that Cormier would want another crack at Jones given the question marks hanging over their rivalry. It's about me. It's my story. Who will each of them fight next? He eventually needed assistance to sit on a stool in his corner. My legacy, my career, is not tied to beating Alexander (Gustafsson) more convincingly this time or finally beating Jon Jones. He won by scores of 30-27, whilst the third judge strangely scored it 29-28 in favour of Barroso, as Villante snapped a two fight losing streak.

White and the UFC seemed to be backing Ngannou in the fight, judging by the amount of promotion behind the Cameroon-born killer, but Miocic dominated the challenger over five rounds.

That's a statement I'm sure the UFC wouldn't agree with.

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