It’s not unusual for a fighter to re-think their retirement once they spend some times on the sidelines, which is why it’s not surprising to hear that Daniel Cormier was considering a comeback after retiring in August.
Cormier (22-3, 1 NC) retired from MMA after losing to Stipe Miocic by decision in their trilogy fight at UFC 252. “DC” was trying to win the light heavyweight title he lost to Miocic the previous year, but after falling short in the trilogy he subsequently removed himself from the UFC’s anti-doping program.
The following month Blachowicz called out Cormier after winning the vacant light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes, and it was at this moment that Cormier considered returning for one more fight, he told MMA Fighting.
“I’ve got to be honest. When Jan Blachowicz was like ‘hey, you want to disrespect me, get off the couch and come fight me.’ And I think to myself maybe I’ll go fight Jan Blachowicz,” Cormier said. “I’ll go fight him and get this done and then I can walk away.
“That lasted about 15 minutes and then I completely understood that I was completely done.”
Blachowicz is now more than likely to make the first defense of his title against current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, or top 205-pound contender Glover Teixeira. Cormier said he vowed to remain retired after telling his family he wouldn’t fight again.
“Obviously every great fighter feels they can win,” Cormier explained. “I was like ‘maybe I’ll go fight Jan Blachowicz’ cause there seems to be a path for that. When I left 205, I just kind of left. I vacated the title and now that this new champion is there with not that many big name fights on the horizon.”