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High Noon Highlights(8/16): Daniel Cormier Plans to Retire Soon

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Cormier plans retirement in advance

Former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier will not overstay his welcome the way so many great fighters tend to do. The fight tomorrow night may be his last.

. . . the former Oklahoma State wrestler 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.

The fight game is littered with champions who stayed too long and devolved into cliched 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.”

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.” Associated Press

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Viktor Hovland tied for lead at Korn Ferry Finals Opener

Hovland shot his twelfth straight professional round in the 60s yesterday and is tied for the lead at seven under par.

Hovland, who turned pro after his junior year at Oklahoma State and earned enough points through Tour exemptions to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, shot 7-under 64 Thursday to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio.

Hovland opened the Finals opener with six birdies and an eagle, as he shares the lead with Australia’s Cameron Percy. Three of those birdies came on each of his final three holes at OSU’s Scarlet Course, while his eagle came on a lengthy putt at the par-5 12th hole. Golf Channel

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