Saturday Night did not go as Daniel Cormier had hoped it would, and now after suffering the most devastating loss of his life, the question must be asked: what's next for DC?
In my honest, and unbiased opinion, I think it's time for Daniel Cormier to hang-up the gloves for good, and walk away from the sport of MMA. DC will leave behind an incredible legacy, with his name forever hanging in the conversation of top-5 Light Heavyweight's ever, with a genuine title reign to back that up.
I think DC has run his course in the 205-pound division, because as we know, all roads in this division lead to Jon Jones, and as DC himself said after the fight, there is no rivalry if Jones wins every fight. Cormier is 38 years old, and will be coming off of the only fight in his life where he was finished by an opponent.
The way things shook out of Saturday will mean one of two things in DC's mind; 1. being that he wants to come back and make one last run in the sport, or 2. being that he has come to face the fact that he has accomplished all that he can accomplish in this sport, and has every night to turn and walk away forever.
However, if DC is to stick around, I think the only logical move would be for him to move up to the Heavyweight Division, because the weight cutting at this stage of his life is not worth it. Cormier had a great run at Heavyweight before his time in the UFC, and while he has always dodged the division because his good friend and training partner Cain Velasquez has been a key figure in that division, I think it is still worth it for DC to make the move up, and do all he can to avoid any fight with Velasquez.
I am far from a DC fan, but at this point, there is nothing left for me to hate, because he has truly accepted defeat against Jon Jones, and for 8 years has left every single thing he has mentally and physically in the cage, beating everyone in his way, aside from Jon Jones, a feat that no one has been able to do.
As Jon Jones said, he has been a model champion, and a model human being, and I have no doubts that whatever he chooses to do next, he will attack it full-force.