6 Years Later, UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Reveals His ‘Worst Night’ and Crying After Hearing Conversation Between Wife and Son- “He Was at the Hotel”

Published 12/31/2023, 1:17 PM EST

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Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion ‘DC’ Daniel Cormier was one of the many fighters recently featured in the “Year of the Fighter” series put up by the UFC. In the episode, DC talked and gave us an insight into his career that was never revealed before. Even about some of his lowest times in the promotion.

Despite DC having one of the most decorated careers in the UFC, even holding two championships consecutively in the UFC. His loss against Jon Jones in their second fight, despite it being ruled a no contest, loomed over Cormier’s life like a heavy wet blanket that suffocated him. Here is what DC had to say about the loss.

Daniel Cormier opens up on life after his loss to Jon Jones


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Daniel Cormier describes in the ‘Year of the Fighter’ how the loss against Jon Jones still affects him. He stated, “This fight is still discouraging for me because I was fighting so well. I felt like we were very competitive over the course of the time that Jones and I spent in the Octagon with him winning that second fight in that fashion.”

The retired UFC fighter then states how the UFC 219 event was easily the worst night of his life, mainly due to him not being able to tell his son about the loss after the fight. He stated, “But this was easily the worst night of my life. Before my son got to watch fights, and he was at the hotel with the babysitter, and the next morning, I was laying in the bed, and the first thing he did and as the sun came up, he ran over to Dad and asked if Dad won. You know, I could hear him asking his mother in the bed that Dad win, did Dad win?”


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“And I had to hear her tell him no. And I was just laying there crying because my biggest fear was to see my kid’s face. Knowing that I didn’t get the job done.” Explains DC, claiming that his disappointment stemmed from when he had to hear his wife tell his son about the loss.

Daniel Cormier was undoubtedly shaken up after his fight against Jones in their second fight. He had to take a year off to deal with the demons circling his loss against Jones. However, it didn’t take long for him to return, and when he did, he made sure to etch his name in the UFC history books.

The retired UFC legend’s incredible comeback


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Though Daniel Cormier had suffered from his loss against Jones, he regained his stature once he beat Volkan Oezdemir. And his momentum just continued to carry on afterward.

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After his win against Volkan Oezdemir, DC went on to coach the 27th season of The Ultimate Fighter, with then-heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. In their fight, Cormier was able to beat Miocic to secure the heavyweight championship. Which allowed him to become the second fighter ever to hold two consecutive titles in the UFC.


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Daniel Cormier’s legacy in the UFC is something to marvel at, as, despite facing some troubles inside the cage, he has managed to become one of the only four fighters who have managed to hold two consecutive titles in the UFC.

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Imtikokba Jamir


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As someone who's spent her childhood experiencing combat sports firsthand, I have always been in awe of the action in the cage. Post a Degree with Honors in Literature, I quickly realised my penmanship needed some gloves. So here I am , Imtikokba Jamir, a pro writer for UFC at EssentiallySports.
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Abhishek Kumar Das