Daniel Cormier was born on March 20, 1979, in the United States Louisiana. He is a great Mix Martial Artist who is currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship or for short the UFC. He is currently the champion of both the light heavyweight and heavyweight division which made him the best Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the UFC. Besides Conor McGregor who was the first man in UFC history to hold 2 titles at the same time, Cormier was the second.
In his carrier before the UFC, he was also a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion and King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. He is definitely one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
Height: 5’ 11” (180cm)
Weight: 246lbs (112kg)
Reach: 72.5” (184cm)
Professional Score: 21-1-0
He started training in high school where he won 3 state championships in Louisiana in wrestling. His final score was 101-9! He continued wrestling even in college where he was a two-time national champion. There his record was 61 wins and 0 loses!
After he graduated college he went to pursue a carrier in Freestyle Wrestling. As everyone thought he became the Senior National Champion 5 times! He also attended the Olympic wrestling team in 2004 where he took 4th place. A few years later in 2008, he was named team captain for the USA Olympic wrestling team but sadly he has pulled away from the competition due to kidney failure.
After his spectacular carrier in wrestling, he wanted to go even further and pursue a carrier in Mixed-Martial-Arts, in the heavyweight division. Being a great wrestler he had a good ground game but he also had to work on submissions and on striking.
He made his professional debut in September 2009 where he fought for Xtreme MMA. Eventually, he won the Heavyweight Championship in 2010. Just a couple of weeks later Cormier won another MMA title in KOTC Heavyweight Championship!
Finally, Cormier made his promotional debut against Frank Mir in 2013 at UFC where he won by unanimous decision. His second fight was up against Roy Nelson in 2013 which he also won via unanimous decision. After the fight, he said he was going down to the light-heavyweight division.
The first fight in the light-heavyweight in 2014 went smoothly for Cormier with a TKO in the first round against Patrick Cummins.
Raining through the light-heavyweight division it was a matter of time when he was going to get a title shot which in that time was held by Jon Jones. The title fight was arranged to happen at UFC 178 but was canceled and postponed due to Jones injury. The fight eventually happened at UFC 182 where Cormier was defeated via unanimous decision. He fought again versus Jon in 2017 where he was again defeated. But due to a failed drug-test, Jones was suspended and the fight was counted as ‘no contest’ and the title was returned to Cormier.
He defended the light-heavyweight title versus VolkanOezdemir in 2018 which ended in the 2nd round via KO.
The next goal was to win the heavyweight title and in the next couple of months, he got a shot versus Stipe Miocic where Cormier won via knockout in the very first round!