UFC 241: ‘I try to honor the people that I’ve lost,’ says Daniel Cormier

(CNN) — For UFC’s Daniel Cormier, the road to the very best of sport has never been an easy one. His father, Joseph, was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day when Cormier was merely seven-years-old. Thenin 2003, his daughter was killed in a car collision. “I’m just hoping to actually honor the people that I’ve dropped,” Cormier informed CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell, before his rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 at Anaheim this weekend once the 40-year-old American will defend his heavyweight title for the next time. “I do not let these horrifying things break me. I attempt to use everything as inspiration to try to produce a means for people, give a lifetime for my kids, my loved ones, my spouse, my parents” READ: UFC teams using Aurora Cannabis on CBD study in fighters Devastating lows A two-time UFC belt holder, Cormier is currently rated as the very ideal pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. He says the deaths of his dad and daughter have been crucial to giving him a resilient view on life. “There have been numerous things I have been able to perform to my family because I didn’t give up,” Cormier said. “I try to take my entire family on my spine. I strive to be strong for everybody. “Life can seem unjust but if it appears unfair, you’ve got to try and twist it into a means that allows you to use it as motivation. When you eliminate somebody or go through the things that I’ve gone through professionally, it’s simple to say,’that isn’t honest’ and’I am not likely to do it anymore’ because if is life ever fair. “All I could do is try to use it to propel me onto something better and bigger ” READ: Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight Dustin Poirier after suspension ends The very best of rivalries In case the battle against Miocic is extremely far on Cormier’s mind, so also is his rivalry with Jon Jonesa fighter that he inflicted the only UFC defeat the 40-year-old nearly five years back. In their rematch in UFC 214, Cormier was knocked out with his compatriot in a title defense, just to be reinstated as champion after Jones was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance before the fight. But although speculation over a third bout between the pair was rife sincethe heartbreak of their prior fight means Cormier is hesitant to jump back in the ring using Jones. “I haven’t decided if I want this rematch however,” Cormier said. “He wants the fight because we make the most money once we fight but I haven’t decided if I wish to help him out however. “It was dreadful because after losing in the manner that I didit was time for me to move on and figure out something else. Thus, to bring that back was simply dreadful. “I was actually in Hawaii in holiday with my loved ones and Dana White phoned me and informed me and I was like’you gotta be kidding me?’ “It almost made me cry as I couldn’t believe I was going to be dragged back to that whirlwind of negativity.” READ:’ Conor McGregor’will fight ‘, confirms UFC President Dana White A harder competitor Having beaten Miocic in UFC 226 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Cormier successfully defended it from Derrick Lewis out time. A part time fighter out of Ohio who also functions as a firefighter, Miocic has not returned to the Octagon since that defeat, but Cormier expects a more rapid test when they face off yet again. “I think that time Stipe can do a better job of attempting to battle long, really stay at scope instead of engaging me so close,” said Cormier. “Last time that he had been the larger man, so that he came in alongside me a lot. I think this moment, he’ll maybe fight backward just a little bit, try to fight from his jab a tiny bit more. See CNN.com/game to get more information, features, and videos “He has a true long advantage in terms of reach , so he will attempt to utilize it in this struggle. “I know he will change a few points, but I really do expect a much better fighter at the Octagon on Saturday.”

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