DANIEL CORMIER has revealed he has been training in a “bubble” away from his pregnant wife and his kids ahead of his fight with Stipe Miocic.
The two rivals will meet for a third time in the main event of UFC 252 this Saturday for the heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
However, due to concerns over Covid-19, he has moved into his old house and stayed away from his loved ones to prepare for the trilogy showdown.
He told TMZ Sports: “Because of the coronavirus, I can’t even stay in the house with my family.
“I’m interacting with a whole bunch of people from the outside.
“For the vast majority of this camp, since June 30, the last six weeks of my training camp, I’ve been staying at my old house – we’ve been essentially staying in a bubble.
“Me and my training partners, we all just stay at my house.”
It is not a requirement for UFC fighters to train in a bubble, but DC has been doing so due to concerns regarding his family.
He continued: “I got a pregnant wife who’s seven-and-a-half months pregnant.
“Two kids, a nine-year-old, an eight-year-old, and I’m not even living at home because I’m having to prepare for this fight.
“But that also shows the commitment from the family to understand what I’m trying to do here is so special.”
The 37-year-old title holder Miocic has fought the legendary Cormier, 41, twice previously.
They first met in July 2018 with then light-heavyweight champ DC moving up a weight to challenge the Croatian for his title.
Cormier scored a huge first-round knockout win over Miocic to become a simultaneous two-division champ in the process.
He went on to defend the belt successfully by submitting Derrick Lewis later that year before agreeing to a rematch with Miocic in August of 2019.
However, this time DC was KO’d by Miocic in the fourth round to take back the crown, leaving fans longing for a decider between the pair.
It also looks likely to be Cormier’s last ever fight of his legendary MMA career, with him initially declaring he wanted to walk away when he turned 40 in March 2019.
But those plans have already been delayed courtesy of Miocic and now the final chapter of their epic rivalry will be written in just a matter of days.
And Cormier is determined to become a two-time champ and then walkaway from the cage for good.
He added: “I think that all the things I’ve done at heavyweight and at light heavyweight makes me one of the greatest fighters of all time, period.
“But if I become a two-time heavyweight champion, there’s only a few guys that’ve done that before in their careers.
“I think that by being the most dominant heavyweight of all time twice would make me the greatest heavyweight the UFC’s ever seen.”