Stipe Miocic suffered a brutal loss at the hands of Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC 260, as he fell to a nasty and vicious left hook from the Cameroonian in the second round. With that he lost his heavyweight title, and it left the fans wondering ‘what next for Stipe?’
Speaking about this in the recent episode of DC & Helwani MMA Show, Daniel Cormier pointed out the fact that champions are not appreciated, for what they are. He blamed the fans for resorting to some sort of reason to hate on an active fighter and regret it later when he’s retired. He tweeted, “I really believe this, a lot of these champions are not appreciated. There will be a day when they’re gone. Love em now.“
‘Respect these champions while they’re here‘ – Daniel Cormier
In the episode of DC & Helwani MMA Show, DC was quoted as saying, “Respect these champions while they’re here…Live that these guys are here right now, because they’re gonna be a day where they’re gone and people are gonna be like ‘Please come back.’ Better enjoy these fighters while they’re here.“
DC mentioned how people didn’t like him when he was an active fighter, but now that he has retired people ‘want him back’. Saying this Daniel Cormier also cited the example of Georges St-Pierre, going back to 2017, as to how the majority of the MMA community wanted him to retire (GSP is retired now), but now unanimously want him back. And, finally, he sent a message to the fans to cherish the fact that fighters like Jon Jones (props to DC for mentioning his name first), Jan Blachowicz, Israel Adesanya and Max Holloway are still ‘here’.
What are your thoughts on this?