Daniel Cormier: champion age is not an obstacle!
Mixed Martial Arts is a relatively new speciessport, which nevertheless has already acquired millions of its fans around the world. It goes without saying that, like in any other kind of sports, MMA also boasts of its "stars", one of which is quite deservedly considered the American Daniel Cormier.
Daniel Cormier was born on March 20, 1979. A native town for him is Lafayette, located in the state of Louisiana. The father and mother of the future at that time athlete's name was Joseph and Audrey Cormier. In addition, our hero has more relatives: Felicia (sister), Joseph (elder brother).
Already during his studies in high schoolDaniel was very seriously immersed in wrestling. Thanks to his perseverance, he was able to become a champion three times in schools throughout the state. Moving to the senior classes, Cormier increased the number of victories in his battles. Let's notice, that for all this period it only suffered defeat twice. After graduating from school, Daniel Cormier becomes a student of Colby Community College. It was during the student days that he was able to become a two-time champion of the national championship of the country.
After graduating from university, Cormier did not give up the fight andcontinues to deal with it. He was even among the national team of his country at the world championship in freestyle wrestling, which was held in 2007. Also, Cormier took part in the 2008 Olympic Games, however, won nothing.
In addition, the wrestler performed in the league called Real Pro Wrestling, where he was able to become the first and, as it turned out, the only champion in the category of 211 pounds.
Performances in the MMA
Daniel Cormier started his ascent to the topmixed fights in the promotion Strikeforce. Already in his debut, the American defeats Harry Fraser, and not by points, but by technical knockout. The second duel was also successful for Cormier. He beat John Devine by knockout.
On the last day of July 2010, Danielwon the title of champion of the XMMA in the heavyweight division. To do this, he needed to defeat Lucas Brown. After just two weeks, Cormier wins again. This time he resigned the title of champion at the tournament KOTC: Imminent Danger. Opposed him Tony Johnson.
Protection of the title of the best fighter on the version of XMMA CormierDaniel, whose weight has always been more than 90 kilograms, held in November 2010. His opponent was the New Zealander Soa Palley. The next fight in the cage Cormier is already at the Strikeforce tournament, in which he wins on points of Devin Cole.
Successes in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix
The first serious fight Cormier at the highest levelholds against Jeff Monson and wins against him. In September 2011, "Black Fedor" (the nickname Cormier) knocked out a fighter from Brazil, Antonio "Big foot" Silva, thanks to which the American reached the final of the tournament. The final battle for Daniel was also victorious. He won the decision from the legend of MMA - Josh Barnett.
Contract with UFC
After Strikeforce ceased to exist, Cormier signs an agreement with the largest promotion of the world MMA - UFC.
The debut in this organization fell on April 202013 in the battle against Frank Mira. Daniel won on points. After that, the former Olympic wrestler holds three more victorious fights and gets the right to fight for the title of champion. The active promotion of the battle "John Jones - Daniel Cormier" begins.
Challenging the title with a tyrant
January 4, 2015 was a battle, on the eve of thewhich had a lot of talk and scandals. "John Jones - Daniel Cormier" - a duel, which is basically a deep personal dislike of the fighters. The first three five-minute battlefield did not give an opportunity to reveal someone's obvious advantage. Cormier beat his hands more, and Jones - with his feet. In the fourth round, the incumbent champion transferred the challenger twice to the pit, but both times he returned very quickly to the rack. At the end of the battle, Cormier managed to make a throw, which once again showed that the rivals are equal. But after the fight, Jones was able to defend his belt, which after a certain period of time was deprived.
The fights of Daniel Cormier - this, of course, is not allhis life. The fighter is married and has children. But, unfortunately, on June 14, 2003, his family suffered a terrible tragedy - his three-month-old daughter was killed in a car accident. And this accident happened because Cormier put the daughter in the car to friends, because in his car the air conditioner broke down. However, despite this grief, Daniel did not give up and now dedicates all the victories of his deceased daughter.