Before his career in MMA, Daniel Cormier was one of the most decorated freestyle wrestlers in the USA. He has won gold medals for wrestling in PAN American games, and he won a Bronze in the 2007 World Championship. He also represented the USA in the Olympics in 2004 and secured the fourth place. Cormier was also the team captain for the 2008 Olympics in wrestling, but he had to pull out due to kidney failure.
Before making his debut in UFC, Daniel Cormier fought in another elite organization, Strike Force. In the heavyweight division, Cormier won the Grand-Prix title in Strike Force by defeating Josh Barnett. In UFC, Cormier started his career in the heavyweight division against former champion, Frank Mir.
However, he dropped to light heavyweight since he did not want to compete against his training partner, Cain Velasquez. In the lightweight division, Cormier challenged Jon Jones for the title and suffered the first loss of his MMA career.
Cormier won his first UFC title by beating Anthony Johnson to become the UFC light heavyweight champion. Then he would move up to heavyweight to challenge the champion, Stipe Miocic. Cormier shocked the world by knocking out Miocic in the 1st round and became a two-division UFC champion.
There have been very few athletes in UFC who have conquered two weight divisions in UFC, and Daniel Cormier is one of them. The former Olympian moved up to his original weight class after defending his title against Volkan Oezdemir. He defeated Stipe Miocic to win the belt, but lost it in the following year to Miocic. DC tried to reclaim the belt in the trilogy at UFC 252. However, Miocic bested him and won via a unanimous decision.
Cormier is a former Olympian, and he is confident about his wrestling prowess. The former two-division champion is one of the best wrestlers in the UFC. Besides that, he has decent striking that can be used to set up the takedowns.
Cormier is highly vulnerable to body shots.
Cormier has held the light heavyweight and heavyweight championship once in the UFC. He has won two Fight of the Night bonuses and three Performance of the Night bonuses in his career so far.
He is the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grad-Prix champion and the former King of the Cage heavyweight champion. DC has also won multiple wrestling championships in the past.
DC has been caught on tape holding the towel during UFC 210 weigh-in. Besides that, many pundits accuse him of blatantly poking his opponents in the eye.
DC has amassed great wealth, thanks to his success in the UFC. Cormier has earned over $6,056,500 in his career. However, these numbers do not include undisclosed bonuses.
Cormier has an estimated net worth of $6 million.
He makes most of the earnings as an athlete in UFC and also from his analyst job for ESPN and UFC. Apart from the fight purses, Cormier also has some huge endorsement deals with Reebok, cbdMD, Monster energy. He has also endorsed Popeyes in the past.
|Born||March 20, 1979 |
|Gym||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Weight/ Division||205/251 lbs (Light Heavyweight/ Heavyweight)|
|Active Win Streak||0|
|Wins by Stoppage (Submissions & KO/TKO)||15 (10 KO/ TKO, 5 Submissions )|
|Estimated Net Worth||$6 million|
|Endorsements||Reebok, cbdMD, Monster energy|
|Title||UFC Heavyweight Championship, UFC Lightweight championship|
|Manager||Zinkin Entertainment and sports management|