Daniel Cormier Says Eye Poke Seriously Impaired Vision in Defeat
By FCF Staff
Although Daniel Cormier says his vision was seriously compromised as a result of an eye poke at UFC 252, the legend doesn’t see an opportunity to avenge the loss, and will be retiring.
Cormier faced heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the headliner of Saturday’s card, which was also a rubber match between the two. Both men scored with heavy shots during the fight, but in round three, Cormier was on the receiving end of an accidental eye poke to his left eye.
After the memorable fight, which saw Cormier lose via unanimous decision, he reported he was unable to see out of his left eye after the eye poke (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“I mean, look at my eye,” Cormier told Joe Rogan. “I couldn’t even (expletive) see the rest of the fight. I can’t see anything out of my left eye. It’s black. It is what it is. It doesn’t matter. I told Marc (Goddard) he poked me, but he said he thought it was a punch. But after the fight he said, ‘Yeah, I saw it on the replay.’ I just can’t see out of my left eye. It doesn’t matter, though. Whatever. It is what it is.”
Leading up to the bout, the 41-year-old Cormier repeatedly said the fight was going to be his last. Afterward, the decorated wrestler sounded quite certain his career is over.
“It just sucks, being on the losing end of two big fights and trilogies – it’s a very sad position to be in,” Cormier said. “But I will deal with it as I’ve dealt with things in the past. I’m not interested in fighting for anything but titles, and I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future. So that’ll be it for me. I’ve had a long run. It’s been great. I just fought my last fight for a heavyweight championship, and it was a pretty good fight. It is what it is.”
Cormier’s record fell to 22-3 with the defeat. The champion Miocic’s is now 20-3.