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Daniel Cormier says 2018 will likely be his last year competing in MMA

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Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been very open about putting a time limit on his fighting career. And that time is about to run out.

According to “DC,” 2018 could very well be the last year we see competing inside the Octagon.

"I've been pretty vocal about it, that you'll never see me at 40," Cormier told ESPN.com. (via Bloody Elbow). "We may be going into my last year in 2018. And I'm completely at peace with that.”

To hear Cormier explain it, he wants to put more focus on his family and his son’s future sporting endeavors after competing himself for so long.

"It's time for this dude [nods at his son, Daniel Jr.] to take precedent in terms of sports. I've been doing high-level sports since I was 15. I can't do it forever. I'm ready to give the commitment and focus to my boy, after a few fights. I've got a couple [fights] left in me."

That means fight fans will have yet one less fighter to cheer for.

For Daniel, spending a majority of his UFC career bickering back-and-forth with Jon Jones is one of his biggest regrets. That said ,he says the losses to him will stay with him forever.

"I think one of my biggest mistakes has been hinging so much on one person," Cormier said of Jones. "It's unfair to my career to base it all on him, but yes, I do still feel he's the icing on the cake.”

"There's nothing like a loss. Some people take time and move past it. I never do. All those losses in the big spots -- NCAA finals, Olympic semifinals, Olympic bronze-medal match, the fights with Jones -- they all stay with me. I think that's what makes me, me."

Cormier’s first fight in 2018 is set to go down at UFC 220, as he defends his 205-pound strap against Volkan Oezdemir, on Jan. 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 220: “Cormier vs Oezdemir” click here.

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