It would be impossible for most people to talk about wrestling and mixed martial arts without Daniel Cormier’s name entering into the conversation. He is a former Olympic wrestler and mixed martial artist with several world championship titles under his belt. He has fought in various promotions over the course of his career and is currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he has become the second fighter out of four in history to emerge champion in two weight categories at the same time, specifically in the light heavyweight and heavyweight classes. Cormier was ranked the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in October 2018.
Daniel is considered one of the greatest and gifted mixed martial artists in the history of the sport. He has had many unbeaten runs and his career statistics are astounding. He was the first fighter since the UFC was conceived to defend two titles in different weight classes simultaneously. Before joining the UFC, Cormier was crowned the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion, as well as the King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion. The wrestler is renowned for having the singular honor of winning a world championship title in all the promotions he has fought in. Asides from flexing his muscles as a fighter, Cormier has been offering his peculiar insight to the world of combat sports by serving as a commentator and analyst for FOX UFC.
Daniel Cormier Bio & Age
Daniel Cormier was born on March 20, 1979, in Lafayette, Louisiana. His parents are named Audrey and Joseph Cormier. He was one of four children born to his parents; he has a younger brother named Ferral, a younger sister called Felicia, and a big brother who bears the name Joseph. In an unfortunate turn of events, Cormier lost his father when he was seven years old after he was murdered by his second father-in-law on Thanksgiving Day. The loss left him in a weird place that saw him struggle at school until he began getting into fights. During one of such squabbles, he was pulled apart by his school’s wrestling coach who advised him to channel his rage meaningfully.
He joined the wrestling team at his school, Northside High, and proceeded to win several state championships. By the time he finished high school, Cormier’s wrestling record was 101 victories against 9 losses. He earned a bronze medal in 1995 in the Greco-Roman Wrestling world championship tournament. He also played football and received all-state honors as well as a football scholarship from Louisiana State University.
Upon graduating from high school, Daniel Cormier went on to Colby Community College. While there, he won two junior college national championships back to back, after which he transferred to a new school, Oklahoma State University, where he eventually bagged a degree in sociology. He was named all-American in 2001 and finished college with a 53-10 record. Moving on, Cormier made it to five United States national wrestling squads and the 2004 Olympics team, where he claimed a 4th place finish. In 2008, he was named the captain of the U.S. Olympic team, but he had to withdraw from the competition after he suffered kidney failure.
Since Cormier began his professional MMA career in 2009, he has gone on to compete in several promotions including Strikeforce, Xtreme MMA, KOTC, Real Pro Wrestling, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, all of which he has won world championship belts in. His reign in the UFC has cemented his place as one of the best fighters in the heavyweight division of all time.
How Much is Daniel Cormier’s Net Worth
Thanks to his many victories over the course of his career, from his wrestling days to his adventures in the UFC, Daniel Cormier has been able to accumulate a considerable wealth for himself. He earns fat checks for every fight he engages in and is estimated to have a net value of $4 million.
Daniel Cormier’s Wife and Daughter
Cormier is married to a woman named Salina Deleon. The two dated for a long time before they decided to head down to the altar. They tied the knot in June 2017. Cormier and Salina have a very beautiful relationship that has resulted in the birth of two children; a boy named Daniel Jr. who was born on February 16, 2011, and a girl who was born on March 4, 2012. The two are yet to reveal the name of their daughter, however, it is no secret that the younger Daniel is also following in his father’s footsteps by training as an amateur wrestler. Prior to meeting Salina, Daniel Cormier used to be married to a woman called Robin, whom he wedded in November 2002.
The fighter had a daughter named Kaedyn Imri Cormier with his then-girlfriend, a track athlete named Carolyn Flowers. His little girl passed when she was only three months old; she died in a car crash after the vehicle she was in was hit in the rear by an 18 wheeler truck. Although Kaedyn was firmly secured in a child’s car seat, she was unable to survive the ghastly crash.
Height and Weight
Daniel Cormier is an impossibly skilled fighter who has dominated his profession for many years, earning victory after victory and racking up just a handful of losses along the way. He is 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) in height, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of him pulling a win over taller opponents. The man weighs around 205 pounds (93 kg).