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Daniel Cormier Fighter Profile – UFC/MMA Stats

Daniel “DC” Cormier

Man wearing cap backwards and smiling. Daniel Cormier.
  • Age: 41
  • Date of birth: 20 March 1979
  • Born: Lafayette, Louisiana, 
  • Fighting out of: San Jose, California
  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
  • Weight: 236.5lb (107.3 kg)
  • Reach: 72 1⁄2 in (184 cm)
  • Stance: Conventional
  • Main styles: Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing
  • Belts: Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Gym / Teams: American Kickboxing Academy
  • Pro MMA record: 22-2, 1 no-contest 
  • Winning %: 92%
  • Losing %: 8%
  • Wins by KO/TKO: 10 (45%)
  • Wins by submission: 5 (23%)
  • Wins by decision: 7 (32%)

Stand out Stats

  • Cormier was an NCAA Division 1, All-American wrestler for Oklahoma State University and he finished fourth in the 2004 Olympic Games freestyle wrestling tournament (1)
  • “DC” won a championship in all four of the MMA promotions he’s competed for (Strikeforce, Ultimate Fighting Championship, King of the Cage and XMMA)
  • Cormier is one of only four fighters in UFC history who have held titles in two weight classes, simultaneously (light-heavyweight and heavyweight)

Pro MMA Record  (2)

LossStipe MiocicUFC 241 – Cormier vs. Miocic 2 Aug / 17 / 2019TKO (punches)44:09
WinDerrick LewisUFC 230 – Cormier vs. Lewis Nov / 03 / 2018Submission (rear-naked choke)22:14
WinStipe MiocicUFC 226 – Miocic vs. Cormier Jul / 07 / 2018KO (punches)14:33
WinVolkan OezdemirUFC 220 – Miocic vs. Ngannou Jan / 20 / 2018TKO (punches)22:00
No ContestJon JonesUFC 214 – Cormier vs. Jones 2 Jul / 29 / 2017NC (overturned)33:01
WinAnthony JohnsonUFC 210 – Cormier vs. Johnson 2 Apr / 08 / 2017Submission (rear-naked choke)23:37
WinAnderson SilvaUFC 200 – Tate vs. Nunes
Jul / 09 / 2016
Decision (unanimous)35:00
WinAlexander GustafssonUFC 192 – Cormier vs. Gustafsson Oct / 03 / 2015Decision (split)55:00
WinAnthony JohnsonUFC 187 – Johnson vs. Cormier May / 23 / 2015Submission (rear-naked choke)32:39
LossJon JonesUFC 182 – Jones vs. Cormier Jan / 03 / 2015Decision (unanimous)55:00
WinDan HendersonUFC 173 – Barao vs. Dillashaw May / 24 / 2014Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)33:53
WinPatrick CumminsUFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann Feb / 22 / 2014TKO (punches)11:19
WinRoy NelsonUFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 Oct / 19 / 2013Decision (unanimous)35:00
WinFrank MirUFC on Fox 7 -Henderson vs. Melendez Apr / 20 / 2013Decision (unanimous)35:00
WinDion StaringStrikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine Jan / 12 / 2013TKO (punches)24:02
WinJosh BarnettStrikeforce – Barnett vs. Cormier May / 19 / 2012Decision (unanimous)55:00
WinAntônio SilvaStrikeforce – Barnett vs. Kharitonov Sep / 10 / 2011KO (punches)13:56
WinJeff MonsonStrikeforce – Overeem vs. Werdum Jun / 18 / 2011Decision (unanimous)35:00
WinDevin ColeStrikeforce – Challengers 13 Jan / 07 / 2011Decision (unanimous)35:00
WinSoa PaleleiXMMA – Xtreme MMA 3
Nov / 05 / 2010
TKO (punches)12:23
WinJason RileyStrikeforce – Houston
Aug / 21 / 2010
TKO (punches)11:02
WinTony JohnsonKOTC – Imminent Danger Aug / 13 / 2010Submission (rear-naked choke)12:27
WinLucas BrowneXMMA 2 – ANZ vs. USA
Jul / 31 / 2010
TKO (punches)14:35
WinJohn DevineStrikeforce – Challengers 7 Mar / 26 / 2010KO (punch)11:19
WinGary FrazierStrikeforce – Challengers 3 Sep / 25 / 2009TKO (punches)23:39

Biography / Interesting Facts

Cormier’s high school and collegiate wrestling career

The future UFC champion’s path to MMA began with wrestling, as Cormier went on to win three Louisiana state championships during high school. After high school Cormier wrestled at Colby Community College, where he was a two-time junior college national champion. Cormier moved to Oklahoma State University, and in 2001, he achieved NCAA Division 1, All-American status.

Cormier tragically loses his daughter

In 2003, tragedy struck Cormier and his family, as his three-month-old daughter Kaedy passed away in a car accident (3).

Cormier by no means had a smooth run to win his title he also had back injuries during his career which he had to overcome to keep fighting.

Cormier’s Olympic run

The future star made the 2004, U.S. Olympic Team for Freestyle Wrestling, and Cormier placed fourth. In 2008, Cormier was named captain of the Olympic Freestyle Wrestling team, but kidney issues from weight cutting forced his withdrawal from the competition.

Cormier started MMA training late in his career at the age of 30. He began training at the American Kickboxing Academy with fighters like Luke Rockhold and Cain Velasquez. Using his wrestling background he wore MMA gloves and learnt how to strike as well.

The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix

After going 8-0 to begin his pro-MMA career, Cormier was tapped to compete in Strikeforce’s stacked, heavyweight grand prix in 2011. Cormier quickly knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the semifinals, and then he won the competition, by defeating former UFC champ Josh Barnett via decision.

Cormier wins UFC gold

In 2015, Jon Jones was stripped of the light-heavyweight title following a hit-and-run incident (4).  As a result, Cormier was booked to fight Anthony Johnson for the vacated title at UFC 187. “DC” secured the 205 title via a second round, submission win.

The “Bones” – “DC” rivalry

Cormier’s rivalry with Jon Jones is widely recognized as one of the greatest and most intense rivalries in MMA history. The two traded verbal jabs through the media before the two fought for the first time in 2015, and further, Jones and Cormier had a brief, physical altercation at a press conference. Jones was fined $50,000 by the Nevada Commission and sentenced to 40 hours of community service for the incident.

In January, 2015, Jones handed Cormier his first defeat, as he worked his way to a decision win over the decorated wrestler at UFC 182. The bitter rivals fought again at UFC 214 two years later in 2017, and Jones won the fight via third-round stoppage. That result, however, was overturned to a no-contest, after Jones tested positive for banned substances. Due to the no-contest ruling, Cormier retained the light-heavyweight title. Here you can read more about Jon “Bones” Jones and his MMA stats.

Cormier becomes a champ-champ

In July, 2018, Cormier became the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different weight classes, simultaneously. Cormier faced Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 and knocked him out in the opening round. Cormier was still the reigning light-heavyweight champ at the time, but a few months later, he vacated the 205 belt.

Miocic and Cormier were booked for a rematch at UFC 241 in August, 2019. Miocic avenged his loss by stopping Cormier in round four.

What is Cormier’s estimated net worth?

The storied fighter, who in addition to fighting works as a commentator and analyst, is estimated to have a net worth of $6 million dollars (5). Not bad, but not outstanding taking into consideration the average UFC fighter salary.

He now works as an UFC commentator and has even made an appearance at the NFL on the half time crew.


  1. Wikipedia, Daniel Cormier. Retrieved from
  2. Sherdog, Daniel Cormier. Retrieved from
  3. Associated Press (2004, August 19), Tragedies consume Cormier. Retrieved from
  4. The Guardian, Jon Jones stripped of UFC world title after hit-and-run incident. Retrieved from
  5. Celebrity Net Worth, Daniel Cormier. Retrieved from

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