Daniel Cormier co-hosts UFC TONIGHT, the official weekly news and information show about the Ultimate Fighting Championship on FS1. In addition, he works as a UFC studio analyst on UFC FIGHT NIGHTS on FOX and FS1, for WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT shows and is a play-by-play analyst for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHTS.
Cormier also continues to compete in the UFC and currently is the UFC’s light heavyweight champion with an 18-1 mixed martial arts record. Cormier lives in San Jose and trains mixed martial arts daily at American Kickboxing Academy whose all-star team features some of the best in the UFC, including former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, former middleweight Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mike Swick, Mike Kyle, Noad Lahat and many others. Cormier joined the team in 2009 and recently was selected as team captain.
Born in Lafayette, La., Cormier was a three-time wrestling state champion and All-American in high school, compiling a 101-9 record. In addition, he also was an All-State performer in football. Cormier attended Colby Community College and was a two-time junior college wrestling national champion, transferring to wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State University, where he was an NCAA runner-up.
After graduating from Oklahoma State with a degree in sociology, Cormier went on to compete on five United States world wrestling teams and the 2004 Olympic wrestling team, where he took fourth place. He was named team captain of the 2008 Olympic wrestling team but did not compete due to illness.
Cormier competed for a short time in the defunct Real Pro Wrestling league before pursuing a career in mixed martial arts in 2009. After making his professional debut, Cormier traveled to Australia and won the XMMA Heavyweight Championship in 2010, the first of several titles.
In May 2012, Cormier became the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion by defeating legend Josh Barnett. He made his UFC debut against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir on April 20, 2013, at UFC on FOX 7 and won the fight via unanimous decision. He won several fights at heavyweight, then moved to light heavyweight and won the world title.
His interests include mixed martial arts, wrestling, reading and playing video games. He is engaged to Salina Deleon, and they have two children together: Daniel Ryan and Marquita Kalani “Keke”.