Daniel
Cormier
15-1-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: Champion Light Heavyweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Performance of the Night / 1 Fight of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 14 fights.
Record: 15-1-0
Summary: Wrestling

Fighter Info

Nickname: DC
From: Lafayette, Louisiana USA
Fights Out Of: San Jose, California USA
Age: 36
Height: 5' 11" ( 180 cm )
Weight: 205 lb ( 93 kg )
College: Oklahoma State University
Degree: Sociology

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
567
50% Successful
282
Types of Successful Strikes
0
282
41% Standing
32%
26%
117
91
74
Striking Defense
64
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
25
40% Successful
10
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
5
15
0
Takedown Defense
78
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided

Biography

It took him two tries, but Daniel Cormier can finally call himself the UFC’s light heavyweight champion – a title he earned through perseverance, hard work and a refusal to accept no for an answer.

When Jon Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of his belt in April 2015, Cormier begged UFC president Dana White for a chance to fight for the title again, despite having lost to Jones by unanimous decision in January 2015.

Cormier got a second opportunity and capitalized, using a third-round rear naked choke on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 to claim the vacant title.

Cormier is no stranger to success, having been a two-time Olympic wrestler and six-time U.S. Open national champion, but he has also struggled with losses. At Oklahoma State, he lost the Division I finals. He finished fourth at the 2008 Olympics and never made it to the 2012 Summer Games after falling ill.

Cormier was an undefeated 14-0 when he faced Jones at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. He pushed the champion to the brink but was successful on just one takedown attempt and dropped a unanimous decision. At the time, it appeared he would have to work his way back into title contention.

But when the title was vacated, he pestered White to put him in the Octagon against Johnson, arguably the hardest puncher in the UFC. White put aside any concerns he may have had and granted Cormier a second shot in the span of four months.

This time, Cormier reached the pinnacle of the UFC. He pushed Johnson against the cage and controlled the match on the mat, using his weight to tire out Johnson before he applied the decisive submission hold.

Cormier worked his way up the ladder in an MMA career that began in 2009, scoring victories over Dan Henderson, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. It culminated in a title belt that was well earned and well deserved.

Career

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