Daniel Cormier took to social media to issue an apology for his defeat to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 last weekend.

The former UFC two-division champion appeared to be on course for another victory over Miocic in their rematch, having got the better of his foe in the first three rounds, before succumbing to a TKO defeat in the fourth.

Cormier, who has held both UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight gold, is rightly considered to be one of the best fighters to ever do it.

That’s made all the more impressive when you consider “DC” only made his MMA debut less than 10 years ago at the tender age of 30 after ending his time as a decorated amateur wrestler.

Still smarting from his loss at UFC 241, Cormier posted an emotional statement on Instagram, saying:

“It’s been a couple of days and I can’t stress the disappointment, I am so sorry to all I have let down. To my wife and kids I am so sorry you guys had to experience that, I never wanted y’all to see that and the hurt you guys showed breaks my heart every time I think about it.

“My coaches I am sorry, i appreciate the work and time you’ve spent with me. My fans, thank you guys for all the love and support you have guided me to all these amazing accomplishments.

“Stipe Miocic and his team, congratulations on a tremendous victory, you showed so much heart and grit, you are the definition of Cleveland tough.

“Dana White and all at the UFC, thank you all for everything you have done for me and my family. This has been the most amazing journey, I will decide what I am gonna do now, and as soon as I decide you will all know right away. I love you all. DC”

Cormier has long stated he would like to retire before he hit 40, but backtracked after defending the UFC heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at the end of 2018.

After tasting defeat for a second time, it’s unclear if we will see Cormier set foot in the Octagon in a competitive context again.