Daniel Cormier is going on vacation, come hell or high water.
The good news -- at least for "DC" -- is that his superiors have no issue with his absence, even though he'll be taking the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight strap with him. That said, plan on putting that Jon Jones rematch on hold until some point in 2016.
Cormier talks to FOX Sports:
"I don't want to start a fight camp right now. I want to relax through the holidays with my family and when I told that to Dana (White) and Lorenzo (Fertitta), they were very open about it. They said 'get through your holiday and then we'll see what happens'. They said 'it's awesome DC, you had a great year, now you can get through your holiday and see what happens next'. I needed it. I'm 36 fighting these young guys and it's tough. I fought the best this division has to offer all over the span of 10 months. I need a break and I'm going to take it."
Whether or not he's earned that vacation appears to be a matter of perspective.
Cormier (17-1) competed seven times since crossing over from Strikeforce in early 2013, having his way with the competition before coming up empty against the aforementioned "Bones." The Olympian still managed to pick up the 205-pound strap after Jones ran into legal trouble and even made his first title defense just last month.
See you next year.