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Daniel Cormier issues apology following knockout loss to Stipe Miocic

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Daniel Cormier has nothing to be sorry about. But he’s apologizing anyway.

The former two-division champion suffered a knockout loss this past weekend to Stipe Miocic in the fourth-round of their heavyweight title rematch that capped off an eventful UFC 241 card from Anaheim, California.

Cormier was doing well through the first three rounds, winning the majority of the exchanges and he was up on the scorecards when Miocic adjusted his game plan to begin attacking the body, which ultimately spelled the beginning of the end. Miocic’s constant body work hurt Cormier and the Cleveland native finally put him away with a barrage of punches late in the fourth round.

On Monday, Cormier released a statement where he apologized for his performance while also offering congratulations to Miocic on a job well done.

“It’s been a couple of days and I can’t stress the disappointment, I am so sorry to all I have let down,” Cormier wrote on Instagram. “To my wife and kids I am so sorry you guys had to experience that, I never wanted y’all to see that and the hurt you guys showed breaks my heart every time I think about it. My coaches I am sorry, I appreciate the work and time you’ve spent with me. My fans, thank you guys for all the love and support you have guided me to all these amazing accomplishments.

“Stipe Miocic and his team, congratulations on a tremendous victory, you showed so much heart and grit, you are the definition of Cleveland tough. Dana White and all at the UFC, thank you all for everything you have done for me and my family.”

Following the loss over the weekend, the 40-year-old Cormier wasn’t ready to make a decision on his future after hinting that the fight against Miocic could be the last of his career.

Cormier has been talking about retirement for some time now but he’s still not ready to make that decision quite yet.

“This has been the most amazing journey, I will decide what I am gonna do now, and as soon as I decide you will all know right away,” Cormier wrote. “I love you all. DC”

Cormier obviously has a lot of options available to him if he decides to keep fighting or if he ultimately calls it a career.

The former two-time Olympian could ask for a rematch against Miocic after they split their first two fights or he could opt to retire now and turn his attention to a very successful commentary career where he regularly works on the UFC’s broadcast team.

For now, Cormier is going to rest and recover as he contemplates his future after falling to Miocic on Saturday night.