Daniel Cormier relinquishes UFC light heavyweight title
The UFC light heavyweight title is now vacant, current champion Daniel Cormier has decided to part ways with the belt rather than being stripped once the UFC 232 main event between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson begins. In an exclusive statement to ESPN the UFC heavyweight champion said:
“Today I am going to relinquish the UFC light heavyweight title,” “I am not going to be stripped of the belt that I’ve defended with my all for three and a half years. Being stripped of a title suggests you’ve done something wrong, and I haven’t.”
“I’d rather walk away this way, with my head held high as it always has been, than have the history books say I was stripped. I’ve defended this title this year. I was approached with the idea of fighting at heavyweight, so I took it. I fought three times in 2018. No champion has been more active than me. I am the fighter of the year. My story and my legacy will not include me being stripped of a title. They can have it.”
Cormier successfully defended the light heavyweight strap back in January before going on to win and defend the UFC heavyweight title all inside 11 months.