DANIEL CORMIER was rushed to hospital after being blinded in his left eye during his UFC 252 loss to Stipe Miocic.
The two heavyweight legends clashed for a third time to decide once-and-for-all who was the greatest of all-time.
And it was the reigning champion who emerged triumphant in the trilogy fight as he got the decision following five rounds of pounding action.
But DC showed he still has the heart of a lion as he bravely battled on despite being unable to see out of his left eye following a poke in the third from Miocic – which was missed by ref Marc Goddard.
He faced up to the cameras following the decision to reveal the true extent of the damage with it later confirmed he had suffered a tear in his eye.
The 41-year-old said after his defeat: “I can’t see.
“He did a good job; he was able to clinch and hold me against the octagon for long periods of time and I believe that separated the close rounds.
“I can’t see anything out of my left eye, it’s black but it is what it is.
“I told Marc but he said he thought it was a punch but after he said he’d seen it on the replay.”
“I just can’t see out of my left eye, it is what it is.”
Cormier came out of retirement to face-off against Miocic again.
Now he admits it looks like his career inside the octagon is over.
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DC added: “It sucks, being on the losing end of two fights in trilogies is a very sad position to be in but I will deal with it as I’ve dealt with it in the past.
“I’m not interested in fighting for anything other than titles and I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future so that will be it for me; I’ve had a long run and it’s been great.
“I fought my last fight for the heavyweight championship and it was a pretty good fight.”