Daniel Cormier releases statement after UFC 214 title loss

Daniel Cormier relinquished his light heavyweight championship after being knocked out by Jon Jones in the third round at UFC 214 on Saturday. After successful title defenses against Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson, Jones remains the only person to ever defeat Cormier — now for a second time.

Joe Rogan’s unfortunate post-fight interview gaffe with Cormier was hard to watch as the emotional 38-year-old and father of two clearly didn’t even really know what was going on. Now after having some time to properly recover and digest everything, Cormier has released the following statement:

“First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It’s a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I’ll see you soon. DC”

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