The sport of mixed martial arts has been flooded in recent years by world class wrestlers that have had an immediate and profound impact on the fight game. Collegiate and Olympic level wrestlers such as Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, Matt Hughes and Mark Coleman have been able to develop quite a niche in MMA, while fresh blood from the wrestling mats across the United States include Ben Askren, Phil Davis and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.
The newest face set to make an impact on the scene has all the tools to go as far, or further in the sport as any grappler before him. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was notified in a press release issued through Zinkin Entertainment & Sports Management that the company was recently able to secure Daniel Cormier to compete in mixed martial arts.
Cormier is a two-time United States Olympian and an astounding six-time U.S. National Champion that initially made a name for himself competing out of the illustrious Oklahoma State University wrestling program. He compiled an overall collegiate wrestling record of 117-10, and quite honestly his resume is jaw-dropping so I’ll allow it to speak for itself…..
2x United States Olympian: Freestyle (’08 Beijing, ’04 Athens)
6x U.S National Champion
8x U.S National Team Member
2002-2009 Ranked #1 in the U.S
2008 U.S National Champion
2008 U.S Olympic Trials, Champion
2008 U.S Olympic Team Captain
2008 NJCAA Hall of Fame Inductee
2007 World Championships, Bronze Medalist
2007 USA Wrestling Freestyle Wrestler of the Year
2007 Pan Am Games, Bronze Medalist
2006 World Cup, Champion
2005 World Cup, Silver Medalist
2005 Yarygin International Tournament, Champion
2005 Super Cup, Silver Medalist ( Russia )
2004 Olympic Games, 4th place ( Athens )
2004 Titan games, Champion
2004 Boutiatyr Grand Prix, Champion ( Russia )
2003 Pan Am Games, Champion
2003 World Championships, 5th place
2003 Yarygin International Tournament, Bronze Medalist
2003 Absolute World Championships, Bronze Medalist
2002 Pan Am Games, Champion
2001 NCAA Championships, Silver Medalist
3x NCAA College All-American
2x NJCAA National Champion (‘97,’98)
3x Louisiana State Champion
1995 Cadet World Championships, Bronze Medalist
Daniel staked out his career wrestling in college at right around the 211 pound mark, so it will be interesting to see which weight class he ultimately decides to settle with.
The blue chip prospect is set to begin training in the near future at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. The same gym that top level fighters such as Mike Swick, Josh Koscheck, Josh Thomson and Jon Fitch all call home.