Daniel Cormier who is an American mixed martial artist as well as former Olympic Wrestler was born on 30th March of the year 1979. He is the native of Lafayette, Louisiana, United States. As Daniel is the son of Joseph and wife Audrey Cormier. He is the third child among four children born to his parents. He has one elder brother named Joseph, one elder sister named Felicia and one younger brother who is named as Ferral. As child, he was named as Daniel Ryan Cormier. He is signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship. When Daniel was at the age of seven, his father was shot and killed in 1986on the Thanksgiving Day by father of his second wife.
He used to play wrestling in his high school and while that time, he won the three Louisiana State Championships. His final High School record was 101-9 with the 89 of victories coming by a fall. He was voted as the most outstanding wrestler of state tournament for twice. He won the bronze medal in 1995 in World Championships in the Greco-Roman Wrestling on cadet division. In his high school, he was also the all-state football player at line backer position. He was then offered a scholarship for playing the football at the LSU. But he declined the offer for pursuing his career in wrestling.
After completing his high school, he went on to study at the Colby Community College. There he was two time junior College national Champion at the 197 pounds in the year 1998 and 1999. After that, he was transferred to the D1 Wrestling Powerhouse Oklahoma State University. He then got graduated from OSU with the degree in the sociology. After that, he went on to have successful career in the Freestyle Wrestling. He was senior United States Champion each year from 2003 till 2008. He represented the team USA at world level for those years as well. After the Olympics of 2008, he decided that he will pursue his career in the mixed martial arts in Heavyweight Division. He then got trained with Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch at an American Kickboxing Academy which helped him to improve as striker and the submission wrestler. After making the professional debut he travelled to Australia and fought for the Xtreme MMA. On 31st July, for winning XMMA Heavyweight Championship, he defeated Lucas Browne. After two weeks, in 13th August, Daniel made the first title defense of his career against Soa Palelei. In first round, he won via submission but he broke his hand during that fight. He then again won the KOTC Heavyweight Championship from Tony Johnson in November of 2009 which was his second MMA Title.
He then signed the eight fight contract with Strikeforce Organization. He debuted at the Strikeforce Challengers where he defeated Gary Frazier by TKO. On 26th March of 2010, he fought at event Strikeforce Challengers held in Fresno, California against John Devine where he defeated John by KO. It was on 20th April of 2013 when he made his professional debut at UFC on the Fox 7 against Frank Mir. During UFC Fan Expo, when he competed in exhibition wrestling against the Chris Pendleton, Daniel was chosen as the spokesperson of the new Cage Fighter Signature Wrestling Shoe. Currently, he is competing in Light Heavyweight Division. Prior to that, Daniel has also starred in the film. It was in the year 2014 when he made his debut in comedy Mantervention.
Apart from that, he is now at the age of 35. He stands at the height of five feet and eleven inches taller and he weights 93 kg. As of 26th May 2014, Daniel is ranked at number 2 in the official UFC Light Heavyweight rankings. In addition to that, as of 27th October 2014, he is also ranked at number 14 pound-for-pound.