Daniel Cormier just isn’t any longer the UFC light heavyweight champion.
Cormier told ESPN on Friday that he has determined to present up the 205-pound title pretty than gather it stripped from him as soon as Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson struggle for the belt at UFC 232 on Saturday evening.
“Nowadays I poke to relinquish the UFC light heavyweight title,” Cormier wrote in an uncommon assertion to ESPN. “I’m no longer going to be stripped of the belt that I’ve defended with my occupied with three and a half years. Being stripped of a title suggests you’ve got performed something faulty, and I have not.
“I’d pretty stroll away this vogue, with my head held high as it consistently has been, than gather the history books say I became as soon as stripped. I’ve defended this title this year. I became as soon as approached with the premise of combating at heavyweight, so I took it. I fought thrice in 2018. No champion has been more lively than me. I’m the fighter of the year. My memoir and my legacy just isn’t any longer going to embody me being stripped of a title. They’ll gather it.”
Cormier misplaced the belt to Jones in July 2017. Alternatively, it became as soon as returned to him after Jones failed a drug test, testing certain for oral turinabol. Cormier defended the belt in January against Volkan Oezdemir after which obtained the heavyweight title in July when he knocked out Stipe Miocic. Cormier defended that belt in November when he submitted Derrick Lewis.
Cormier has maintained that he’ll retire as soon as he turns forty in March and that he has no need to struggle Jones for a third time.