Daniel Cormier – popular in America, the fighter who performs in the style of mixed martial arts and is a champion of UFC in light heavyweight category. He participated twice in the Olympics, was a member of the American freestyle wrestling team. On account of his many victories over the most famous athletes like Anthony Johnson, Jon Jones, Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett and Dan Henderson. In 2016 he received fourth place in the official UFC rankings. And estimated to Sherdog, he ranks second among athletes, who competed in the light heavyweight division.
A short biography of the fighter
Daniel Cormier was born in 1979, March 20. His hometown is Lafayette, which is located in Louisiana. The family of Daniel is quite large. He has two brothers, elder and younger sister. During high school, Cormier became interested in wrestling. He was a talented young man, so I quickly achieved success in the ring. In Louisiana Daniel three times received a rank of the champion in wrestling. In high school he won the fights several times. After training at the school, Daniel decided to apply to Colby Community College. Here he twice won the national championship. After graduating from College he wanted to continue career of the fighter and lover. In 2007 he managed to get a place in the national team of the United States in freestyle wrestling. And in 2008, he had already participated in the Summer Olympic games.
The beginning of a career. Contracts with Strikeforce
After the success at the Olympics, Daniel Cormier made the decision to leave their classes in free-style wrestling. He began to wonder, mixed martial arts, so all my free time Cormier was devoted to hard training. His sparring partners were the most famous and powerful wrestlers. After a while Cormier was spotted by company Strikeforce. He was asked to sign a contract. He agreed and made his debut for the promotion of Strikeforce Challengers. While participating in this show he has held important official match. His opponent was Gary Fraser who Cormier defeated, technically knocking out. The second fight is against John Devine also achieved victory.
Climbing the career ladder. The success and fame
During the tournament Xtreme MMA 2 that took place in 2010, Cormier had a very important match. His opponent in the ring was the champion in the category of a super heavyweight Lucas Browne. Daniel defeated his opponent, thereby taking away the title. After only two weeks, was held the second tournament of MMA. It again took part, Daniel Cormier. Johnson was his opponent in that battle. The fight was exciting. Many spectators looked at the ring, not taking his eyes. After Tony Johnson was fast and strong opponent. But Cormier was able to win once again. After that he was able to successfully defend their title, winning an important battle with Koa Palolem. While participating in the tournament Woodley vs. Saffiedine Daniel had a fight with Devin Cole. It was a match of extreme importance, because after the victory over judge Cole announced Daniel an undeniable winner.
Participation in the UFC
After Strikeforce was closed, Daniel agreed to sign a contract with the UFC. He debuted in the organization in 2013, in April. His first fight was a success. Daniel's opponent was Frank Mir, who defeated Cormier for three rounds. After one successful battle, the athlete makes the decision to go into the category of light heavyweight. In one important fight, his opponent was John Jones. Daniel Cormier fought him for the title of UFC champion. But this fight was a defeat for a fighter. He has failed to resist the opponent, so the judges gave the victory to Jones, who soon lost the belt, because I had problems with the law. In 2016, was scheduled for a rematch between former adversaries. Was announced the next fight: Daniel Cormier – Jones Jones. It was a chance to win over ex-champion of UFC in light heavyweight category. But during the sample doping in Jones was found to be positive. Fighter was replaced by Anderson Silva, whom Cormier was put in the ring.
Almost all of his bouts, Cormier uses pure Boxing technique. He rarely uses kicks. Because Daniel Cormier has an excellent school in wrestling, and Brazilian JIU-jitsu, he is invulnerable to any attempts of the opponent to hold takedown or throw. Daniel never liked to fight on the ground. Cormier is pointedly removed from the opponent, thus allowing him to rise to his feet, and then he continues the methodical attack of the Boxing punches. So it was a battle Daniel Cormier – Jones Jones, though the match was not successful for the fighter. Without a doubt, Cormier is impeccable fighting technique and lightning-fast reaction to the blows of opponents. His Boxing tactic often allows the athlete to win over strong opponents that do not possess such skills.