Daniel Cormier was taken to hospital to assess an eye injury following his gruelling UFC 252 defeat by Stipe Miocic, as the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion insisted that he will retire from the sport.
The 41-year-old was looking to avenge his August 2019 defeat to Miocic, having won the pair’s first bout in July 2018.
However, it was the Ohio firefighter who emerged victorious after five-rounds in Las Vegas. The judges awarded the fight in Miocic’s favour, scoring the contest 49-46, 49-46, 48-47.
It was a disappointing night for fan-favourite Cormier, who was looking to make his final bow with a title win. DC felt that the bout turned on one key moment, when Miocic appeared to poke him in the eye in the third round – only to be missed by referee Marc Goddard.
‘I can’t see,’ Cormier said after the fight. ‘He did a good job; he was able to clinch and hold me against the octagon for long periods of time and I believe that separated the close rounds.
‘I can’t see anything out of my left eye, it’s black but it is what it is.
‘I told Marc but he said he thought it was a punch but after he said he’d seen it on the replay. I just can’t see out of my left eye, it is what it is.’
ESPN revealed on their broadcast of the event that DC would be taken to hospital to assess the injury to his eye.
Cormier had planned to retire at the age of 40, but chose to pursue a trilogy bout with Miocic in a bid to be deemed the greatest heavyweight of all time.
And following his loss at UFC 252, Cormier says the game is up on his legendary career.
‘It sucks, being on the losing end of two fights in trilogies is a very sad position to be in but I will deal with it as I’ve dealt with it in the past,’ he added.
‘I’m not interested in fighting for anything other than titles and I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future so that will be it for me; I’ve had a long run and it’s been great.
‘I fought my last fight for the heavyweight championship and it was a pretty good fight.’