His father, Joseph, was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day when Cormier was simply seven-years-old. Then, in 2003, his three-month-old daughter, Kaedyn, was killed in a automobile accident.
“I am simply making an attempt to essentially honor the people who I’ve misplaced,” Cormier advised CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell, forward of his rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in Anaheim this weekend when the 40-year-old American will defend his heavyweight title for the second time.
“I do not let these horrifying issues break me. I attempt to use the whole lot as motivation to attempt to make a approach for folks, present a life for my children, my household, my spouse, my dad and mom.”
He says the deaths of his father and daughter have been key to giving him a resilient perspective on life.
“There have been so many issues I’ve been in a position to do for my household as a result of I did not quit,” Cormier stated. “I attempt to carry my complete household on my again. I attempt to be sturdy for everybody.
“Life can appear unfair however when it appears unfair, you have to try to spin it in a approach that means that you can use it as motivation. While you lose somebody or undergo the issues that I’ve gone by way of professionally, it is simple to say, ‘this is not honest’ and ‘I am not going to do it anymore’ as a result of when is life ever honest.
“All I can do is attempt to use it to propel me onto one thing greater and higher.”
One of the best of rivalries
If the struggle in opposition to Miocic may be very a lot on Cormier’s thoughts, so too is his rivalry with Jon Jones, a fighter who inflicted the one UFC defeat on the 40-year-old virtually 5 years in the past.
“I have not determined if I need this rematch but,” Cormier stated. “He needs the struggle as a result of we take advantage of cash once we struggle however I have not determined if I need to assist him out but.
“It was horrible as a result of after shedding in the way in which that I did, it was time for me to maneuver on and determine one thing else out. So, to carry that again was simply horrifying.
“I used to be truly in Hawaii in trip with my household and Dana White known as me and advised me about that and I used to be like ‘you gotta be kidding me?’
“It virtually made me cry as a result of I could not imagine I used to be going to be dragged again into that whirlwind of negativity.”
A harder opponent
Having crushed Miocic at UFC 226 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Cormier efficiently defended it in opposition to Derrick Lewis final trip.
A component-time fighter from Ohio who additionally works as a firefighter, Miocic hasn’t returned to the Octagon since that defeat, however Cormier expects a stiffer check once they face off but once more.
“I believe this time Stipe will do a greater job of making an attempt to struggle lengthy, actually keep at vary as a substitute of partaking me so shut,” stated Cormier.
“Final time he was the larger man, so he got here in shut with me rather a lot. I believe this time, he’ll possibly struggle backwards slightly bit, attempt to struggle off of his jab slightly bit extra.
“He is bought an actual lengthy benefit when it comes to attain over me, so he’ll attempt to use it on this struggle.
“I do know he’ll change a number of issues, however I do anticipate a greater fighter within the Octagon on Saturday.”