Daniel Cormier is now officially retired.
While the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion already told the world that his UFC 252 loss to Stipe Miocic was his final fight, it is just now official due to the fact that “DC” has left the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) testing pool.
Last night at on the Dana White Contender Series, UFC president Dana White told reporters that Cormier notified the UFC that he was withdrawing from the USADA testing pool and requested to have his name removed from the official UFC rankings.
“He told us today to take him out of USADA and take him out of the rankings,” White said at the DWCS 31 post-fight press conference. “Doesn’t get any more official than that.”
While DC is no longer a fighter, he’ll still be heavy involved in his role as a color commentator for the UFC. In fact, last night he was a member of the broadcast time for the DWCS.
“I had such a great time with him, but he’s such a great commentator, so, he’ll still be around and he’ll be with this company forever, so it’s not like we’re losing him and I’ll never see him again,” White said while praising Cormier’s broadcasting abilities.
If Cormier were too chose to fight a gain he would have to wait six months before being eligible to compete again.
Cormier has a future in the UFC hall of fame. He accomplished the rare feat of not only winning titles in two weight classes, but he also has made title defenses in two weight classes. The only men to defeat DC through his 11 year career were Jon Jones and Miocic.
Aside from being a successful fighter and broadcaster, Cormier was also a standout wrestler at Oklahoma State and represented the United States in the 2004 Olympic games. He was named team captain for the 2008 Olympics, but he could not compete in the games as he was forced to withdraw from competition due to kidney failure.
Cormier is currently heavily involved with wrestling as his the head wrestling coach for Gilroy High School in California.