Cormier’s incredible career began at Northside High School in his
native Lafayette, Louisiana. During this time, he brought home three
state wrestling championships with a combined record of 101-9.
After a stint at Kansas’ Colby Community College, where he was a
two-time NJCAA wrestling champion, Cormier transferred to Oklahoma
State University, where he became an NCAA Division I All-American,
184-pound weight class.
After his graduation with a degree in sociology, Cormier’s
accomplishments in freestyle wrestling are numerous. Among them are
senior U.S. Championships every year from 2003 to 2008, gold medals at
the 2003 Pan-American Games and the Golden Grand-Prix Ivan Yarygin, a
bronze medal at the 2007 World Wrestling Championships, and fourth
place at the 2004 Olympics.
After winning numerous championships in smaller pro organizations,
Cormier made his UFC debut in 2013. In that match, he defeated former
UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir via unanimous decision. Two years
later, he won the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship with a
submission win over Anthony Johnson.
Cormier successfully defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
for three years before defeating UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic
– a win that cemented his legacy in MMA history by making him the
second two to hold UFC championships in two divisions. With another
win over heavyweight Derrick Lewis, he became the first UFC double
champion to defend both belts successfully.
He currently serves as a commentator for UFC.