Daniel Ryan Cormier was born on March 20, 1979 (age 42) and is a retired professional MMA fighter and amateur wrestler.
He is also a former UFC champion in the light heavyweight and heavyweight division.
Cormier is also the second fighter in the history of UFC to hold titles in two weight categories simultaneously. He is also the first to defend his titles in two divisions.
Cormier is known to be a six-time US World Wrestling or Olympic Team Member, a World bronze medalist, and a World Cup runner-up.
He is also a Pan American Games gold medalist (bronze in 2007) and a two-time Pan American champion.
When it comes to folkstyle wrestling, he was an NCAA Division I National and two-time Big 12 Conference runner-up for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
He was also a two-time NJCAA champion.
Before he began his UFC career, he was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion and King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion.
Cormier is also known for having won a world championship belt in every promotion for which he has fought.
Currently, he is a commentator for the UFC and an analyst.
Background and career
Cormier was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.
His parents are Joseph and Audrey Cormier and he has two brothers and a sister.
Cormier lost his father on Thanksgiving day back in 1986 when he was seven years old. He was shot and killed by the father of his second wife.
Cormier went to high school at Northside High where he won 3 Louisiana state championships in wrestling.
After he crossed 9th grade, he lost only twice and maintained a high school record of 101–9. 89 of these victories came by a fall.
Twice he was voted as the most outstanding wrestler of the state tournament.
Cormier won a bronze medal in 1995 at the world championships in the Greco-Roman Wrestling cadet division.
Additionally, he was also a football player in the linebacker position and recorded a personal best time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Cormier was even given a scholarship to play football. But he declined to pursue his interests in wrestling.
He graduated from OSU with a degree in Sociology. But he decided to pursue freestyle wrestling in which he succeeded.
From 2003 to 2008, he was the senior U.S. national champion where he represented the USA at a global level. He competed at 96kg (211.6 lbs).
After losing to Khadzhimurat Gatsalov in the semifinals, he placed fourth at the 2004 Olympics.
He was also a member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team for the USA. However, he had to drop out after suffering from kidney failure due to excessive weight cutting.
Cormier, since the summer of 2018, is the head wrestling coach at Gilroy High School.
On April 21, 2021, he was inducted into the LHSAA Hall of Fame considering his accomplishments.
Back in 2009, Cormier began his MMA training from San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy.
He started his training under King Mo, Cain Velasquez, and Luke Rockhold.
In 2009, Cormier fought OSU alumni, Gary Frazier, in his first match at Strikeforce Challengers: Strikeforce Challengers 3.
After a close fight, Cormier was able to TKO Frazier.
In 2010, he got his first knockout at Strikeforce Challengers: Strikeforce Challengers 7 after defeating John Devine.
Cormier had his Xtreme MMA debut back in 2009. He then traveled to Australia and defeated Lucas Browne to win the XMMA Heavyweight Championship on July 31, 2010.
Just two weeks later, he won his second MMA title after winning the KOTC Heavyweight Championship from Tony Johnson.
Cormier and his former girlfriend together had a daughter who lost her life in a car accident on June 14, 2003.
Previously, he was also married to a woman named Robin.
Then on February 16, 2011, Cormier and his then-fiancée Salina Deleon together had a son, Daniel Jr.
Daniel Jr. is known to be training at the AKA in amateur wrestling where Cormier is the assistant coach.
Cormier and his fiancée had a daughter on March 4, 2012.
Cormier and Deleon were married in June 2017.
Cormier had his debut in films back in 2014 when he played himself in the comedy Mantervention.
In order to promote the 2015 World MMA Awards, Cormier starred in the video clip ‘All About That Cake’, which was a parody of ‘All About That Bass’.
Then in 2018, he was featured on the YouTube channel ‘Complex’ on an episode of ‘Sneaker Shopping’.
In February 2019, he appeared on the YouTube series “The Science of Mortal Kombat” by Because Science.
Awards and Achievements
- UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2018
- UFC Light Heavyweight Champion in 2015
- Xtreme MMA Heavyweight Champion
- First UFC fighter to successfully defend both UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight titles
- Bronze Medalist in 2007 World Wrestling Championship
- Gold Medalist at Pan American Games(2002)
- Bronze Medalist at 2007 Pan American Games
- Silver Medalist at Wrestling World Cup in 2005
- Two times Gold Medalist at Dave Schultz Memorial International Open(2001, 2007)
- Bronze Medalist at Dave Schultz Memorial International Open in 2002
- Six times USA Senior National Champion(20003-2008)
- John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of the Year award in 2007
- Most Outstanding Fighter of the Year in 2018
- Analyst of the Year award in 2018(World MMA Awards)
- Best MMA Fighter in 2018 (ESPY Award)
- ESPN Fighter of the Year(2018)
- Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion
- King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion
Net worth and salary
The American wrestler has had a stellar career that spreads over two decades.
Despite his long career, most of his fortune came to him through his time in UFC.
His current net worth is estimated to be around $6 million.
This number, however, does not include undisclosed bonuses.
At the moment, his current source of income is from his job as an analyst and commentator for ESPN.
It is also estimated that he has endorsement deals with Rebook, Monster energy, cbdMD.
|Full Name||Daniel Ryan Cormier|
|Birth Date||March 20, 1979|
|Place of Birth||Lafayette, Louisiana, US|
|Education||Oklahoma State University, Stillwater|
|Profession||Wrestler, MMA Fighter|
|Father’s Name||Joseph Cormier|
|Mother’s Name||Audrey Cormier|
|Siblings||Joseph Cormier, Felicia Cormier, Feral Cormier|
|Children||Daniel Cormier II, Marquita Kalani Cormier|
|Height(in cm)||181 cm|
|Weight||240 lb (approx.)|
|Net Worth||$6million (approx.)|
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