Daniel Cormier is a popular fighter in America who performs in the style of mixed martial arts and is the UFC champion in the light heavyweight category. He twice participated in the Olympics, was a member of the American wrestling team. He has won many victories over the most famous athletes, such as Anthony Johnson, John Jones, Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett and Dan Henderson. In 2016, he received the fourth place in the official rating of the UFC. And according to Sherdog, he ranks second among light heavyweight athletes.
Brief biography of a fighter
Daniel Cormier was born in 1979, March 20th. His hometown is Lafayette, which is located in the state of Louisiana. Daniel's family is pretty big. He has two brothers, one older and one younger, and one sister. While studying in high school, Cormier became interested in wrestling. He was a talented young man, so he quickly achieved success in the ring. In Louisiana, Daniel received the title of wrestling champion three times. In high school, he won fights a few more times. After studying at school, Daniel decided to enroll at Colby Community College. Here he twice won the national championship. After graduating from college, he wished to continue his career as an amateur wrestler. In 2007, he managed to get a place in the United States freestyle wrestling team. And in 2008, he had already participated in the Summer Olympics.
Carier start. Strikeforce Contracts
After the success at the Olympics, Daniel Cormier decided to give up his free-style wrestling. He was interested in mixed martial arts, so Cormier devoted all his free time to hard training. His sparring partners were the most famous and strong fighters. After some time, Cormier was spotted by Strikeforce. He was offered to sign a contract. He agreed and made his debut at the Strikeforce Challengers promotion. During participation in this show, he spent an important official match. His rival was Gary Fraser, whom Cormier defeated, technically knocking out. The second fight against John Divine also crowned victory.
Climbing the career ladder. Success and glory
During the Xtreme MMA 2 tournament, which took place in 2010, Cormier had a very important duel. His opponent in the ring was heavyweight champion Lucas Brown. Daniel defeated his rival, thereby taking away his champion title. After only two weeks, the second MMA tournament took place. Daniel Cormier again took part in it. Johnson became his opponent in that fight. The fight was exciting. Many spectators watched the ring without taking their eyes off. After all, Tony Johnson was a quick and strong opponent. But Cormier managed to win again. After that, he was able to successfully defend his champion title, winning an important fight with Koa Palel. While participating in the tournament Woodley vs Saffiedine, Daniel fought with Devin Cole. It was a fight of extreme importance, because after the victory over Cole, the judges announced Daniel the undisputed winner.
Participation in the UFC
After Strikeforce was closed, Daniel agreed to sign a contract with the UFC. He made his debut in this organization in 2013, in April. His first fight was a success. Frank Mir became the opponent of Daniel, whom Cormier overcame for three rounds. After another successful fight, the athlete decides to go into the category of light heavyweight. In one important fight, John Jones became his opponent. Daniel Cormier fought him for the UFC champion title. But this fight was a loss for a fighter. He could not resist the opponent, so the judges gave the victory to Jones, who soon lost his belt because he had problems with the law. In 2016, a revenge was to take place between the former opponents. The next fight was announced: Daniel Cormier - Jones Jones. It was a chance to win over the ex-UFC light heavyweight champion. But during the doping test, a positive reaction was found in Jones. The fighter was replaced by Anderson Silva, whom Cormier put in the ring.
In almost all his fights, Cormier uses purely boxing techniques. He rarely uses kicks. Since Daniel Cormier has an excellent free-style wrestling school, as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he is invulnerable to any of the opponent's attempts to take a takedown or throw. Daniel never liked to fight in the ground. Cormier demonstratively moves away from the opponent, thereby allowing him to rise to his feet, and then he continues to lead a methodical attack with boxing punches. So it was in the battle of Daniel Cormier - Jones Jones, although the fight was not successful for a fighter. Without a doubt, Cormier has an impeccable combat technique and a lightning reaction to the strikes of his opponents. His boxing tactics often allow an athlete to defeat strong rivals who do not possess such skills.