- Date of Birth:
- March 20, 1979
- 5' 11"
Daniel Cormier (born Daniel Ryan Cormier in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 20, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. He competes in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. After graduating from OSU with a degree in sociology, Daniel went on to have a successful career in Freestyle Wrestling. He was the senior U.S. national champion every year from 2003–2008, and represented team USA at the world level for each of those years as well. At the 2004 Olympics he took 4th place after losing to Khadzhimurat Gatsalov in the semi-finals. Daniel was also a member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team for the USA, where he was named team captain, but did not compete due to kidney failure, brought on by excessive weight cutting. Daniel went on to become one of a select few Americans to win a gold medal at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix, held in Russia, which is considered by many to be the toughest wrestling tournament. After the 2008 Olympics, Daniel decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts, in the Heavyweight division. He is currently #9 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and ranked as the #2 light heavyweight and #7 pound-for-pound fighter in the world by Sherdog. Daniel was also the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.
Best Known For:
Daniel Cormier is best known for being an olympic wrestler and wrestling champion.
Daniel Cormier and his girlfriend at OSU had one daughter who died in a car accident on June 14, 2003. On February 16, 2011, he and a different girlfriend, Salina, had a son. Then on March 4, 2012, Daniel and his girlfriend had a daughter. He was also previously married to a woman named Robin.