Daniel Cormier

Daniel Ryan Cormier[6] (/ˈkɒrmɪ/; born March 20, 1979) is an American former professional mixed martial artist, amateur wrestler, and current commentator for the UFC. He is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion. Cormier is the second fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously and is the first fighter to have title defenses in two divisions. As an international wrestler, Cormier was a six-time US World or Olympic Team Member, a World bronze medalist, a World Cup runner-up, a Pan American Games gold medalist (bronze in 2007) and a two-time Pan American champion. In folkstyle wrestling, Cormier was an NCAA Division I national finalist (with loss to the eventual four-time NCAA champion Cael Sanderson from Iowa State) and two-time Big 12 Conference runner-up for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He was also a two-time NJCAA champion.

Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier taking a picture with a fan..jpg
Cormier in 2017
BornDaniel Ryan Cormier
(1979-03-20) March 20, 1979 (age 44)
Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight251 lb (114 kg; 17 st 13 lb)
(2009–2013, 2018–2020)
Light Heavyweight (2014–2018)
Reach72+12[1] in (184 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Jose, California, U.S.
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
TrainerJavier Mendez[2]
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3] under Léo Vieira[4]
WrestlingOlympic Freestyle Wrestling[3]
NCAA Division I Wrestling[5]
Years active2002–2008 (freestyle wrestling)
2009–2020 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission5
By decision7
By knockout1
By submission0
By decision2
No contests1
Other information
UniversityColby Community College
Oklahoma State University
Notable school(s)Northside High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
US National Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Las Vegas 96 kg
Gold medal – first place 2004 Las Vegas 96 kg
Gold medal – first place 2005 Las Vegas 96 kg
Gold medal – first place 2006 Las Vegas 96 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Las Vegas 96 kg
Gold medal – first place 2008 Las Vegas 96 kg
Representing  United States
Men's freestyle wrestling
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Baku 96 kg
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2005 Tashkent 96 kg
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2003 Santo Domingo 96 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Rio de Janeiro 96 kg
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Maracaibo 96 kg
Gold medal – first place 2003 Santo Domingo 96 kg
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling
Cadet World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Prague 83 kg
Collegiate Wrestling
Representing the Oklahoma State Cowboys
NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Silver medal – second place 2001 Iowa City 184 lb
Big 12 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2000 Lincoln 184 lb
Silver medal – second place 2001 Stillwater 184 lb

Prior to competing in the UFC, Cormier was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion and King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion.

Background and wrestling careerEdit

Cormier was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.[7] Cormier is the son of Joseph and Audrey Cormier.[8] He has an older brother named Joseph, a sister named Felicia, and a younger brother named Ferral.[8] When Cormier was seven, his father was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in 1986 by the father of his second wife.[8]

In high school at Northside High, Cormier won three Louisiana state championships in wrestling. After 9th grade, Cormier only lost twice, both times by injury default. His final high school record was 101–9, with 89 of his victories coming by fall. He was twice voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the state tournament. In 1995, Cormier won a bronze medal in the World Championships in Greco-Roman Wrestling Cadet (15–16 years old) division. He was also an All-State football player in high school at the linebacker position and had a personal best time of 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.[9] Cormier was offered a scholarship to play football at LSU, but declined in order to continue to pursue wrestling.

After high school, he attended Colby Community College in Kansas, where he was a two-time junior college national champion at 197 pounds, in 1998 and 1999. His record was 61–0, with 33 falls. After Colby, Cormier transferred to Division I Oklahoma State University. In 2000, Cormier went 26–5. He entered the national tournament as the #3 seed at 184 pounds but fell one match short of becoming an all-American (given to the top 8 finishers in each weight class). In 2001, Cormier went 27–5. He became an All-American by reaching the finals of the 184-pound weight class, in which he lost to Cael Sanderson 8–4. His final record was 53–10, with 27 falls. Six of Cormier's losses in college were to Cael Sanderson.[10]

After graduating from OSU with a degree in sociology, Cormier 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. He competed at 96 kg, or 211.6 lbs. At the 2004 Olympics, he came 4th after losing to Khadzhimurat Gatsalov in the semifinals.[11] Cormier was also a member of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team for the USA, where he was named team captain but was pulled from competition due to kidney failure, brought on by excessive weight cutting.[12]

In the non-Olympic years, Cormier reached the top 5 at the Wrestling World Championships in 2003 and 2007. He won a bronze medal at the 2007 competition. Cormier also won a gold medal at the quadrennial Pan American Games in 2003. Another major accomplishment came in 2005, when Cormier became one of a select few Americans to win a gold medal at the Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin, held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and considered by many to be the most challenging wrestling tournament in the world.[13]

Cormier also competed and represented the Oklahoma Slam team in the now-defunct Real Pro Wrestling league. He was crowned a champion in its first and only season in 2004, for the 211 lb weight class. While he competed in Real Pro Wrestling, he was teammates with fellow Strikeforce mixed martial arts competitor Muhammed Lawal, who also was a season 1 champion, in the 184 lb weight class.

Cormier is the head wrestling coach at Gilroy High School, having been appointed in the summer of 2018.[14] In April 21, 2021, Cormier was inducted into the LHSAA Hall of Fame due to his sporting accomplishments.[15]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Xtreme MMAEdit

After the 2008 Olympics, Cormier decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. He trained with Cain Velasquez, Jon Fitch, and Josh Koscheck at American Kickboxing Academy.[16] It helped him improve as a striker and submission wrestler.

After making his professional debut in September 2009, Cormier traveled to Australia and fought for Xtreme MMA. He defeated Lucas Browne to win the XMMA Heavyweight Championship on July 31, 2010.[17] Two weeks later, Cormier won his second MMA title by winning the KOTC Heavyweight Championship from Tony Johnson.


Cormier signed an eight-fight deal with the Strikeforce organization and debuted at Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings,[18] defeating Gary Frazier by TKO.[19]

Cormier fought at the event Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe on March 26, 2010, in Fresno, California,[20] where he defeated John Devine by KO.[21]

Shortly thereafter, Cormier fought Strikeforce: Houston event on August 21, 2010, defeating Jason Riley via submission (punches) at 1:02 into the fight.[22]

Cormier next fought Devin Cole at the Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine event on January 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee.[23] He won via unanimous decision, the first time a fight of his had gone the distance.[24]

Cormier was scheduled to face Shane del Rosario at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on June 18, 2011, in Dallas, Texas,[25] but his opponent was involved in a car accident and withdrew from the bout. Cormier instead faced Jeff Monson[26] and won via decision. Cormier used his striking to dominate Monson on the feet and did not allow for any takedowns, negating Monson's submission ability.[27]

Despite Cormier's reservations about competing in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix due to inexperience, height and reach disadvantage over the rest of the field, he nonetheless entered, and faced Antônio Silva on only five weeks' notice on September 10, 2011, at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, replacing Alistair Overeem.[28][29] In a shocking upset, he won the fight via KO (punches) in the first round, catching Silva with multiple hits to the jaw, causing him to collapse, and then finishing with two hammer blows to the face of the grounded Silva before the referee could stop the fight.[30] Cormier later revealed that he had broken his hand during the fight.[31]

He faced fellow finalist Josh Barnett on May 19, 2012, at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier.[32] Cormier won the five-round fight by unanimous decision (49–46, 50–45, and 50–45) and became the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.[33] It was discovered that Cormier, once again, had broken his right hand during his bout with Barnett, and he underwent hand surgery.[34]

Cormier was scheduled to fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir on November 3, 2012, at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir.[35] However, on September 19 it was revealed that Mir had been forced to pull out of the bout due to an injury.[36]

Cormier fought Dion Staring at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[37] He won via TKO in the second round.[38]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Early fightsEdit

Cormier made his promotional debut against Frank Mir on April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7.[39] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Due to Cain Velasquez, Cormier's teammate, being the UFC heavyweight champion, Cormier considered moving down to the UFC's light heavyweight division. Some writers expressed doubt in his ability to cut down to the 205 limit safely, citing the fact that Cormier had suffered kidney failure during his time as an Olympic wrestler when trying to make 211 lbs.[40] After failing to compete at the Olympics, he gained 40 lbs.[41]

In his second UFC fight, Cormier faced Roy Nelson on October 19, 2013, at UFC 166.[42] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Prior to the bout, he announced that, win or lose, he would be moving down to the light heavyweight division. Cormier weighed in for the bout more than 20 pounds lighter than previous contests, at 224 pounds.[43]

Cormier was expected to face Rashad Evans at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014, in his first fight at light heavyweight.[44] However, a leg injury knocked Evans off the card ten days before the event, and he was replaced by newcomer Patrick Cummins.[45] Cormier won the fight via TKO in the first round.[46]

Cormier was briefly linked to a bout with Rafael Cavalcante on July 5, 2014, at UFC 175.[47] However, it was announced that Cormier would instead be fighting Dan Henderson on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173.[48] After dominating the fight with his wrestling and top game, Cormier choked Henderson to sleep to win via technical submission in the third round.[49]

Daniel Cormier was chosen as spokesperson for his new Cage Fighter signature wrestling shoe when he competed in an exhibition wrestling match against Chris Pendleton during the UFC Fan Expo.[50]

Cormier vs. JonesEdit

Cormier was expected to face UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014, after Alexander Gustafsson was forced to withdraw due to a torn meniscus.[51] However, on August 12, Jones, citing an injury, was forced to pull out of the bout. The fight eventually took place at UFC 182.[52] At UFC 182 Cormier was defeated by Jon Jones via unanimous decision.[53] Both fighters were awarded a Fight of the Night bonus.[54]

Light heavyweight championEdit

Cormier was expected to face Ryan Bader on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68.[55] However, on April 28, 2015, it was announced that Jon Jones had been stripped of the light heavyweight championship and suspended indefinitely after facing felony charges stemming from a traffic accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Subsequently, Cormier was pulled from the Bader fight and replaced Jones against Anthony Johnson on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187 for the vacant title.[56] In the opening seconds of the fight, Cormier was dropped by an overhand right by Johnson. Cormier won the next two rounds and submitted Johnson by rear-naked choke in the third round to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion. The last time the championship had changed hands was in 2011. The fight earned Cormier a Performance of the Night bonus.[57][58]

Cormier faced Alexander Gustafsson on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192.[59] Cormier won the back-and-forth fight via split decision (47–48, 48–47, and 49–46).[60] Their performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[61]

In November 2015, Cormier stated that he had signed a new, eight-fight contract with the UFC.[62]

A rematch with Jon Jones was expected to take place on April 23, 2016, at UFC 197.[63] However, Cormier pulled out of the fight on April 1 citing a foot injury and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux.[64][65] The rematch with Jones was rescheduled for July 9, 2016, at UFC 200.[66] On July 6, it was announced that the fight between Jones and Cormier was off due to a potential doping violation from Jon Jones.[67] Cormier fought former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in a 3-round non-title fight at the event. Cormier won the fight via unanimous decision.[68]

A rematch with Anthony Johnson was expected to take place on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206.[69] However, on November 25, 2016, Cormier withdrew from the bout due to injury.[70] The pairing was rescheduled again for April 8, 2017, at UFC 210.[71] At the weigh-in for the fight, Cormier was 1.2 pounds over the 205 pound limit for a light heavyweight championship fight: he was allowed a second weigh-in and came in at the 205 limit.[72] Cormier won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.[73]

Jon Jones rematch and controversyEdit

The rematch with Jon Jones took place on July 29, 2017, at UFC 214 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Jones defeated Cormier, recapturing the light heavyweight championship via knockout in the third round, after a head kick and a barrage of strikes on the ground.[74]

In the post-fight interview, a tearful and emotional Cormier showed disappointment of the defeat and said "I guess if he wins both fights there is no rivalry."[75] Commentator Joe Rogan issued an apology on Twitter to Cormier after the fight for interviewing him when Cormier could not gather his thoughts due to the knock out he suffered in the fight.[76]

On August 22, it was announced that Jones had been flagged for a potential doping violation by USADA stemming from his test sample that was collected after weigh-ins on July 28. He tested positive for Oral Turinabol, an anabolic steroid. Jones was placed on a provisional suspension as a result of the positive drug test.[77] On September 13, USADA confirmed that the "B" sample of Jones' tested positive for Turinabol.[78] As a result, the CSAC officially changed the bout result to a no-contest and the light heavyweight championship was returned to Cormier.[79] On September 18, Cormier, in an interview with TMZ, said he was open to a third fight with Jon Jones after Jones's suspension was served.[80]

In 2018 Cormier coached opposite Stipe Miocic on season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter.[81]

Resumed title reignEdit

Cormier faced Volkan Oezdemir on January 20, 2018, at UFC 220. He defeated Oezdemir via TKO in the second round.[82] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[83]

Heavyweight champion and retirementEdit

Cormier faced Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight championship on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226.[84] He won the fight via knockout in the first round, becoming the second fighter to hold two titles simultaneously in the UFC. As of August 17, 2019, Cormier is one of four fighters to have held two UFC championships simultaneously. This fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[85] Provoked by Cormier after his victory, Brock Lesnar emerged from the audience and came into the octagon to accept the challenge by the new champion.[86]

On October 9, the UFC announced that Cormier would be making the first defense of his heavyweight championship against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230;[87] he defeated Lewis via rear-naked choke in the second round, becoming the first man to submit Lewis in MMA.[88] This made Cormier the first UFC fighter to win and defend both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight belts,[89] and the first UFC fighter successfully to defend both belts. Cormier relinquished the light heavyweight title a day before UFC 232, with his focus solely on defending the heavyweight title, stating: "I'd rather walk away this way, than have the history books say I was stripped".[90]

Since the potential matchup with Brock Lesnar never materialised, with Lesnar instead opting to re-sign with the WWE, Cormier decided to fight Miocic again.[91] The rematch took place on August 17, 2019, at UFC 241, just over a year since their first fight.[92] Despite his early success, Cormier lost the fight by TKO in the fourth round, ending his reign as heavyweight champion.[93]

The trilogy bout between Cormier and Miocic took place on August 15, 2020, at UFC 252 .[94] Cormier lost the fight by unanimous decision and announced his retirement from the sport.[95]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Freestyle wrestlingEdit

  • United World Wrestling (FILA)
    • 2007 Wrestling World Championships Bronze Medalist
    • 2007 Pan American Games Bronze Medalist
    • 2007 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Gold Medalist
    • 2005 Super Cup Silver Medalist
    • 2005 Wrestling World Cup Silver Medalist
    • 2005 Ivan Yarygin Memorial Tournament Senior Gold Medalist
    • 2004 Boutiatyr Grand Prix Gold Medalist
    • 2003 FILA Absolute Championship Bronze Medalist
    • 2003 Ivan Yarygin Cup Bronze Medalist
    • 2003 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Medved International Championships Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Sunkist Kids/ASU International Open Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Pan American Championships Gold Medalist
    • 2002 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Bronze Medalist
    • 2001 Sunkist Kids International Open Gold Medalist
    • 2001 Dave Schultz Memorial International Open Gold Medalist
  • USA Wrestling
    • USA Senior National Championship (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
    • US Senior World Team Trials Winner (2005, 2006, 2007)
    • Northwest Senior Regional Championship (2008)
    • John Smith Freestyle Wrestler of the Year Award (2007)
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • George Tragos Award (2019)

Greco-Roman wrestlingEdit

Folkstyle wrestlingEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Cormier in 2015

Cormier and a former girlfriend had one daughter who died in a car accident on June 14, 2003.[110][111] He was also previously married to a woman named Robin.[8]

On February 16, 2011, he and his then-fiancée Salina Deleon had a son, Daniel Jr.[112] Daniel Jr. trains in amateur wrestling at AKA, where Cormier is the assistant coach. On March 4, 2012, Cormier and his fiancée had a daughter. In June 2017, Cormier and Deleon were married.[113]

Cormier is a dedicated fan of the New Orleans Saints and professional wrestling.[114][115]

On October 1, 2016, Cormier made his first appearance in the UFC color commentary team at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, Oregon.[116][117] He has been part of the regular UFC commentary team since his sport retirement in August 2020.[118]

On March 5, 2022, Cormier was absent from the commentary team for UFC 272 as he attended the funeral of his mother.[119]

As part of his UFC duties on ESPN, he has co-hosted the podcasts DC & Helwani (with Ariel Helwani)[120][121] and currently DC & RC (with Ryan Clark).

Media appearancesEdit

Cormier made his film debut in 2014, playing himself in the 2014 comedy Mantervention.[122][123]

In February 2015, Cormier starred in the video clip All About That Cake, a parody of All About That Bass, to promote the 2015 World MMA Awards.[124]

In January 2018, he was featured on an episode of Sneaker Shopping on the YouTube channel Complex.[125]

In February 2019 he featured in "Sub-Zero's Head Shatter", the first episode of the YouTube series "The Science of Mortal Kombat" by Because Science.[126]

On October 8, 2022, Cormier refereed the bout between Seth Rollins and Matt Riddle at WWE Extreme Rules 2022.[127]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 22 wins 3 losses
By knockout 10 1
By submission 5 0
By decision 7 2
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–3 (1) Stipe Miocic Decision (unanimous) UFC 252 August 15, 2020 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 22–2 (1) Stipe Miocic TKO (punches) UFC 241 August 17, 2019 4 4:09 Anaheim, California, United States Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 22–1 (1) Derrick Lewis Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 230 November 3, 2018 2 2:14 New York City, New York, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 21–1 (1) Stipe Miocic KO (punches) UFC 226 July 7, 2018 1 4:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 20–1 (1) Volkan Oezdemir TKO (punches) UFC 220 January 20, 2018 2 2:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night. Cormier vacated the title on December 28, 2018.
NC 19–1 (1) Jon Jones NC (overturned by CSAC) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 3 3:01 Anaheim, California, United States Retained the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Originally a KO (head kick and punches) loss; overturned to a no contest after Jones tested positive for a turinabol metabolite. Cormier was subsequently reinstated as champion.
Win 19–1 Anthony Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 210 April 8, 2017 2 3:37 Buffalo, New York, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 18–1 Anderson Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Non-title bout.
Win 17–1 Alexander Gustafsson Decision (split) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 5 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–1 Anthony Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 3 2:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Loss 15–1 Jon Jones Decision (unanimous) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 15–0 Dan Henderson Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 3:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–0 Patrick Cummins TKO (punches) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 1:19 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight debut.
Win 13–0 Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC 166 October 19, 2013 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 12–0 Frank Mir Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 2013 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 11–0 Dion Staring TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 2 4:02 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 10–0 Josh Barnett Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier May 19, 2012 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament.
Win 9–0 Antônio Silva KO (punches) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov September 10, 2011 1 3:56 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 8–0 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum June 18, 2011 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix reserve bout.
Win 7–0 Devin Cole Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 Soa Palelei TKO (submission to punches) XMMA 3 November 5, 2010 1 2:23 Sydney, Australia Defended the XMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Jason Riley TKO (submission to punches) Strikeforce: Houston August 21, 2010 1 1:02 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–0 Tony Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) KOTC: Imminent Danger August 13, 2010 1 2:27 Mescalero, New Mexico, United States Won the KOTC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Lucas Browne TKO (punches) XMMA 2 July 31, 2010 1 4:35 Sydney, Australia Won the XMMA Heavyweight Championship.
Win 2–0 John Devine KO (punch) Strikeforce Challengers: Johnson vs. Mahe March 26, 2010 1 1:19 Fresno, California, United States
Win 1–0 Gary Frazier TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings September 25, 2009 2 3:39 Bixby, Oklahoma, United States


Freestyle recordEdit

Senior Freestyle Results
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event Location
Win 40–6   Chris Pendleton 12–5 July 5, 2014 UFC Fan Expo

  Las Vegas, Nevada

2008 US Olympic Team Trials   at 96 kg
Win 39–6   Damion Hahn 1–0, 1–0 June 15, 2008 2008 US Olympic Team Trials

  Las Vegas, Nevada

Win 38–6   Damion Hahn 6–1, 6–0
2008 US Nationals   at 96 kg
Win 37–6   Nik Fekete 7–0, 2–0 April 26, 2008 2008 US Senior National Wrestling Championships   Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 36–6   Max Askren 5–0, 7–0
Win 35–6   Willie Parks 1–0, 1–0
Win 34–6   Nick Preston 5–0, 1–0
2008 Northwest Championships   at 120 kg
Win 33–6   Les Sigman 6–0, 2–0 March 30, 2008 2008 Northwest Senior Freestyle Championships   Washington, United States
Win 32–6   K.C. Walsh 7–0, 1–0
Win 31–6   Clayton Jack Fall
2007 World Championships   at 96 kg
Win 30–6   Aleksey Krupnyakov 1–0, 0–1, 1–0 September 19, 2007 2007 World Wrestling Championships   Baku, Azerbaijan
Win 29–6   Kiyotaka Kodaira 3–0, 6–0
Loss 28–6   Saeid Ebrahimi 0–5, 1–2
Win 28–5   Ruslan Sheikhau 0–1, 1–0, 3–0
Win 27-5   Ian Wardell Tech. Fall
2007 US World Team Trials   at 96 kg
Win 26–5   Muhammed Lawal 1–0, 1–0 June 11, 2007 2007 US World Team Trials

  Las Vegas, Nevada

Win 25–5   Muhammed Lawal 2–1, 1–0
2007 US Nationals   at 96 kg
Win 24–5   Muhammed Lawal 1–0, 1–0 April 7, 2007 2007 US Senior National Wrestling Championships   Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 23–5   Kyle Cerminara 4–0, 5–0
Win 22–5   Israel Silva Fall
2007 Dave Schultz Memorial   at 120 kg
Win 21–5   Steve Mocco 0–1, 4–3, 1–0 February 10, 2007 2007 Dave Schultz Memorial International   Colorado Springs, Colorado
Win 20–5   Tommy Rowlands 2–0, 2–0
Win 19–5   Pat Cummins 3–0, 4–0
Win 18–5   Arakida Nobuyoshi Fall
2006 World Championships 21st at 96 kg
Loss 17–5   Alireza Heidari 0–2, 1–0, 0–7 September 27, 2006 2006 World Wrestling Championships   Guangzhou, China
2006 US World Team Trials   at 96 kg
Win 17–4   Damion Hahn 4–0, 4–0 May 28, 2006 2006 US World Team Trials

  Iowa, United States

Win 16–4   Damion Hahn 4–0, 4–0
2006 US Nationals   at 96 kg
Win 15–4   Nik Fekete 3–0, 5–0 April 15, 2006 2006 US Senior National Wrestling Championships   Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14–4   Damion Hahn 3–0, 2–0
Win 13–4   Kyle Cerminara Fall
Win 12–4   Raphael Davis 6–0, 2–0
2005 World Championships 11th at 96 kg
Loss 11–4   Aleksey Krupnyakov 1–2, 1–8 September 26, 2005 2005 World Wrestling Championships   Budapest, Hungary
Win 11–3   Peter Pecha 4–0, 3–0
2005 US Nationals   at 96 kg
Win 10–3   Tommy Rowlands 1–0, 2–0 ???, 2005 2005 US Senior National Wrestling Championships   Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–3   Nick Preston 0–1, 3–0, 6–1
Win 8–3   Andrew Adams 7–1, 7–1
2004 Summer Olympics 4th at 96 kg
Loss 7–3   Alireza Heidari 2–3 August 26, 2004 2004 Summer Olympics   Athens, Greece
Loss 7–2   Khadzhimurat Gatsalov 0–5
Win 7–1   Bartlomiej Bartnicki 10–1
Win 6–1   Radovan Valach 9–0
2004 US Olympic Team Trials   at 96 kg
Win 5–1   Tim Hartung 7–0 May 21, 2004 2004 US Olympic Team Trials

  Indianapolis, Indiana

Win 4–1   Tim Hartung Fall
2003 World Championships 5th at 96 kg
Loss 3–1   Alireza Heidari 3–6 September 12, 2003 2003 World Championships   Manhattan, New York
Win 3–0   Antoine Jaoude Fall
Win 2–0   Ricardas Pauliukonis Tech Fall
Win 1–0   Hakan Koc 9–3

NCAA recordEdit

NCAA Championships Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event
2001 NCAA Championships   at 184 lbs
Loss 6–3 Cael Sanderson 4–8 March 15–17, 2001 2001 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Win 6–2 Andy Hrovat TB 3–1
Win 5–2 Josh Lambrecht MD 16–4
Win 4–2 Jake Stork TF 22–7
Win 3–2 R.D Pursell Fall
2000 NCAA Championships at 184 lbs
Loss 1–2 Cash Edwards 10–15 March 16–18, 2000 2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Loss 1–1 Doug Lee 4–6
Win 1–0 Zach Breitenbach 16–9

Pay-per-view boutsEdit

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier January 3, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. 800,000
2. UFC 187 Johnson vs. Cormier May 23, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. 375,000
3. UFC 192 Cormier vs. Gustafsson October 3, 2015 Toyota Center Houston, Texas, U.S. 250,000
4. UFC 210 Cormier vs. Johnson 2 April 8, 2017 KeyBank Center Buffalo, New York, U.S 300,000
5. UFC 214 Cormier vs. Jones 2 July 29, 2017 Honda Center Anaheim, California, U.S. 860,000
6. UFC 226 Miocic vs. Cormier July 7, 2018 T-Mobile Arena Paradise, Nevada, U.S. 380,000
7. UFC 230 Cormier vs. Lewis November 3, 2018 Madison Square Garden New York City, New York, U.S. 250,000
8. UFC 241 Cormier vs. Miocic 2 August 17, 2019 Honda Center Anaheim, California, U.S 450,000
9. UFC 252 Miocic vs. Cormier 3 August 15, 2020 UFC Apex Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. 500,000
Total sales 4,515,000

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13th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
May 23, 2015 – December 28, 2018
Vacated title 174 days after winning the heavyweight title.
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