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5 UFC fighters who've had a forgettable 2019

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Top 5 / Top 10
Published Sep 17, 2019
Sep 17, 2019 IST

#4 Daniel Cormier

UFC 241 Cormier v Miocic 2
UFC 241 Cormier v Miocic 2

In 2018, Daniel Cormier had one of the best years of his professional career. Not only did he begin the year by successfully defending the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against top prospect Volkan Oezdemir, he then went on to fight and defeat Stipe Miocic to become the Heavyweight Champion as well.

As if that was not enough, he next faced Derrick Lewis and managed to defeat the 'Black Beast' and pull off another successful title defense. He won an ESPY – the prestigious ESPN award – and was recognized as one of the best fighters in the world.

2019 brought all of that to a standstill in one fight. He was supposed to have faced Brock Lesnar so that he could retire before his birthday in March. However, Lesnar went back on his word and that fight never materialized. Cormier had hoped to face Lesnar and leave the UFC with his head held high.

Instead, he was left without an opponent and faced Stipe Miocic in a rematch. The fight was a heavily anticipated one and Cormier was the favorite going into it.

That sentiment did not last long, with Miocic knocking out Cormier in the 4th round of their fight at UFC 241 and winning by TKO. Now, without a single championship to his name, Cormier has to wait and see what he can do next and decide whether or not it is time for him to finally retire.

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