Shortly after his thrilling five-round fight with Alexander Gustafsson last month, Daniel Cormier announced that he would be taking "a little bit of a break" from MMA.
The former Olympian has fought Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson in the space of 10 months and feels he's in need of a vacation.
"DC" says Dana White is more than happy to oblige. The light-heavyweight champion spoke to FOX Sports last week.
"I don't want to start a fight camp right now. I want to relax through the holidays with my family and when I told that to Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta), they were very open about it. They said 'get through your holiday and then we'll see what happens'. They said 'it's awesome DC, you had a great year, now you can get through your holiday and see what happens next'," Cormier told FOX Sports this week.
"I needed it. I'm 36 fighting these young guys and it's tough. I fought the best this division has to offer all over the span of 10 months. I need a break and I'm going to take it."
Cormier seized the vacant 205 lbs. title when he submitted "Rumble" in May and retained the gold with his split decision victory over "The Mauler."
Jon Jones was sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a hit-and-run incident in April. The former champion was deemed fit to travel for work-related purposes and it's expected that he'll return to the Octagon soon.
"Bones" is anticipated to rematch Cormier to reclaim his championship, but the AKA fighter isn't willing to start negotiations until he's well rested.
"So don't give me a date, don't give me any of that, let me get through the holidays and we'll see what happens."
Check out the full interview with FOX Sports here.