Cormier closes in on fighting farewell with mixed feelings

first_imgFILE – In this July 7, 2018, file photo, Daniel Cormier celebrates after defeating Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. Cormier always told his wife he wouldn’t fight past 40, even when the UFC heavyweight champion knew he could still beat everybody. Cormier extended his self-imposed deadline a bit for a rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, but he still isn’t sure how he’ll replace the thrill of competition after he finally walks away. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)EL SEGUNDO, California— Daniel Cormier has always seemed to have the endgame all figured out.The UFC heavyweight champion has everything in place for a satisfying, fulfilling life after mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted “Make no mistake about it: There is worry about when you don’t get to run through the curtain anymore,” Cormier said. “There is worry about not having those moments in the back (of the arena) where you’re like, ‘Aaaaaaah!’ … Even those nerves, those scared nerves, are things that I look forward to. I look forward to that pit in my stomach. That little bit of uncertainty before the competition. It’s the greatest feeling in the world. We worry about guys and drugs? That’s mine. That’s always been my drug: competition. It’s like, what am I going to do without it?”Cormier turned 40 on March 20. He had always planned to get his last fight in right before that fateful birthday, but two factors conspired against it: Brock Lesnar’s indecision on an MMA comeback for the most lucrative matchup Cormier could possibly get, followed by Cormier’s decision to have back surgery in December.His recovery took him past the birthday he had been awaiting for years. His body’s initial response served as a reminder of the wisdom of his plan to get out — but he eventually realized 40 isn’t anything like he feared.“Through three or four weeks, I was like, ‘This is rough,’” Cormier said. “‘I’m way too heavy. I’m not moving well. I’m getting hit more than I need to.’ And then I started to shed some weight and get in shape, and once I did that, it was smooth sailing. I feel like I’m as good as I’ve ever been right now. My back feels good. My cardio feels phenomenal. I feel like I’m still developing.”When he got his body ready for the big finish, he accepted a rematch with Miocic, the long-reigning heavyweight champ who couldn’t last one full round last summer. Miocic’s strong wrestling and boxing were no match for Cormier, who has never lost to anyone except Jones.“What I did to him last year was a fairy tale for me, taking him out within one round,” Cormier said. “I don’t think that happens again. I’m preparing for a longer, harder fight.”But while Cormier is respectful of Miocic, he has one eye on the future, whether it’s retirement or one more shot at Jones.As befitting a talented broadcaster, Cormier pays attention to the optics of his career. As an avid social media user, he isn’t interested in becoming a meme again, either.“I have some bad visuals with the crying, but I’ve only got a couple of (bad) visuals,” Cormier said, referring to the tears he shed after losing to Jones. “I don’t want it to become five, six, seven times, because those reactions will stay the same every time I lose, because I know who I am. So I’m going to have to walk away from this thing before I know I can’t compete anymore.”Cormier knows what he has to do, and he knows how to do it. But even he isn’t exactly sure how he’ll fare against every fighter’s last opponent. View comments LATEST STORIES A loving family. A burgeoning career in broadcasting. Varied business interests, including a couple of Los Angeles barbershops and a poke restaurant in Miami.Even more impressively, Cormier actually understands how important it is to get out of fighting with his health and finances intact, and he has planned this exit for years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe fight game is littered with champions who stayed too long and devolved into clichéd palookas. Cormier is determined to avoid the decline, even when all evidence except the calendar suggests he is still at his peak.“I do know that when I leave this game, it’s going to be tough, because I’ll still be able to compete,” Cormier said. “I’m going to leave this game because I want to value what I leave behind, and I want it to last forever.” Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian “Maybe I’ll just compete on the TV side,” Cormier said. “Maybe compete on the golf course. I don’t know. But I think I’ll be OK.”And then, with a smile: “Video games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Nike track shoes used in 1972 Olympic trials sell for $50K Cormier realizes he went slightly past his long-set deadline of his 40th birthday so he could fight at UFC 241 this weekend. The former two-belt champion insists he won’t stick around much longer, if at all.“I had the greatest year of my career at 39, so it’s like, ‘Man, am I going to leave now?’” Cormier asked. “Maybe after this one. I don’t know. But I feel good. I’ve trained hard. I’ve prepared.”Although a third shot at Jon Jones might keep him around for a few months longer, Cormier (22-1, 1 no-contest) easily could be stepping into a cage for the final time Saturday night in Anaheim for his rematch with Stipe Miocic (18-3).If he walks away, Cormier could serve as a model for future stars navigating the perilous twilights of their careers. He insists he wants to be the guy who did it the right way.Yet in a relaxing moment this week over a typically healthy lunch of grilled chicken and rice, Cormier doesn’t mind acknowledging this long goodbye is absolutely not as easy as it looks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Another early budget and its dire consequences

first_imgDear Editor,If one should take an in-depth look at the history and development of Guyana, one must take into consideration the economic conduct of its Finance Minister. It is the heart of the solution and success of any country if the work of its Finance Minister is economically sound and futuristic in orientation. It is the only way any Third World country – Guyana in particular – can grow or develop. Conversely, if that Finance Minister is slothful and indolent, the entire nation would suffer; such is the situation here at home in our South American Republic.Guyana has so far had 31 years of PNC Government management here, and a period of “total control” of our economic affairs. Those years have seen a decimation of everything progressive, and an accentuation of things regressive, thanks to the workings of its Finance Ministry. A name that readily comes to mind when you enter into a discussion of this nature is Carl Greenidge. He held that office for ten (10) long years. Greenidge presented several budgets during his tenure, with no auditor’s report. We are talking about at least ten times of national budgetary performances with no public accountability whatsoever.The current Finance Minister is the worst we have seen in a long time.Since taking office in 2015, the country has seen economic slide wherein this country is on a downward trend with no point of return. It is a backwardness that is beyond comprehension.Finance Minister Jordan has announced plans to present an early budget. This is no new phenomenon when it comes to this Finance Minister; he is known to have presented early budgets as well as several supplementary budgets, all leading up to the backward trajectory of this country. For this reason, successful former Finance Minister and President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, has raised the red flag of caution to this nation. He rightfully asserts that presenting an early budget is fraught with danger, because it creates two major problems. The first problem is that monies that are received or monies that will be spent between that time and the time of the new financial year cannot be accounted for. In this instance, the intervening period can be as much as seven (7) months.The first point to note is that whatever budget Jordan would be presenting would not be authentic or based on real figures, because there cannot be any comparison between what was earned or spent and what exists at the current time.Then there is the added aggravation of the Opposition not being given enough time, or none at all, to discuss the income and expenditure processes. I make mention of the last Parliament, when the elected members of the Opposition were shamefully barred from questioning any spending of the Government. Looking at the present scenario, I see this Parliament being a repeat performance of the last.I must hasten to a close, but let me say this: what we will see in Jordan’s early budget is another empty, high sounding, superfluous fluff of oil and its alleged contribution to this economy; and of course the “good life”, which is supposedly out there in his elusive dream world.Sincerely,Neil Adamslast_img read more