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UFC champion Daniel Cormier marks calendar for retirement date

Daniel Cormier sets a specific date for his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been vocal about ending his career by 40 years of age. On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, “DC” declared that he would indeed be done competing by his 40th birthday.

“Come March, I will have 12 months, at max, left. I’m going to be done by March 20, 2019. I won’t be fighting again,” Cormier told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting).

Unlike many fighters in the game, Cormier says his retirement will be with finality and will turn his attention to be a full-time family man.

“There won’t be jumping around or ‘I’m done until I get the right type of fight.’ It’ll be over,” said Cormier, who turns 39 years old this year. “I’m not going to be doing this anymore. I’ve said time and time again that I’ve lived a great life in sports, 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 been the center of the athletic universe for my family for a really, really long time, and it’s time for that to be little Daniel and Marquita. It’s time for them to be the center of our athletic competition, and I just want to be one of those crazy dads that gets to yell on the sideline and just go crazy and brag about his kids.”

As of right now, Cormier has yet to determine his next challenger. After already shutting down a heavyweight return, he is now more inclined to the possibility of facing Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch.

“I’ve talked about this time and time again and people keep asking. Look at the size difference between me and these dudes,” Cormier said of his heavyweight counterparts. “They just want to see me fight these big guys. So, that’s not on my radar right now, you know?”

“I’m just going to try to figure out what’s going on in my hand and see what’s next. It’s not like I’m fighting small guys. Alexander Gustafsson could be a heavyweight, so it’s not like fighting at heavyweight is the only way to fight big guys. I mean, Gus is a big guy. So yeah, I’m just going to hang out right now and see what’s next, and see who presents themselves as the next challenge.”

Cormier won his first title defense as reinstated champion by stopping Volkan Oezdemir in the second round of their co-headliner fight at UFC 220 on Saturday in Boston.