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Daniel Cormier shares touching story of daughter's reaction to Derrick Lewis at UFC 230

  • 8 November 2018

UFC champ-champ Daniel Cormier understandably has been riding high since a submission win over Derrick Lewis to retain his heavyweight title at UFC 230 this past weekend. But with another fight in the books, that means we inch closer to Cormier’s self-imposed retirement date of his 40th birthday on March 20, 2019.

Which is sad when you think about it. No more “DC”? No way, man.

It’s seems like a lock that Cormier will next earn a huge payday with a fight against Brock Lesnar, which has been the plan since Cormier claimed the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic in July.

So, good for him on securing some big bucks before he rides off into the sunset.

In the wake of UFC 230, we’ve been wondering if the next fight really will be it, though. He’s such a competitor. What could keep Cormier fighting past March 20, 2019? A Jon Jones trilogy? Doesn’t sound like it.

Or what about his two young kids? Could they talk him into it? MMAjunkie Radio co-host Brian “Goze” Garcia asked Cormier just that during his appearance this week on the show, and the champ-champ’s answer included a touching story of how his daughter reacted to seeing a defeated Lewis after UFC 230:

“I think my kids love the fights. They love the excitement of the arena. They’ve been to the last three. They love that, but they also don’t love the other side. Like, my daughter doesn’t love the other side, man. She was in the press conference area waiting for me to go, and Derrick went in there, and he was in the same area of my kids. And my wife said she saw him, looking over there, my little girl, and Derrick was kind of standing there with his head down. (My daughter) goes, ‘Mom.’ And my wife goes, ‘What?’ She goes, ‘I feel really bad for Derrick. He looks sad.’ So, like, they got to see the other side. And I don’t think my daughter likes that, man. She’s very sensitive. I don’t think they’ll be calling for Dad to even fight again. Because they also saw me on the other side when I lost to Jones (at UFC 214), so they know the ups and downs of the fight game.”

Daniel Cormier and his kids at UFC 230. (Associated Press)

That puts a lot of things into perspective, doesn’t it?

For complete coverage of UFC 230, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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