This past weekend, while most of the MMA world was focused on UFC on Versus 2, former Olympian Daniel Cormier took a little trip to Australia. Once there, he picked up his third stoppage victory and the XMMA heavyweight title.
NEW YORK (March 22, 2010) – An impressive winner in his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, two-time United States Olympic Games wrestling team member and former NCAA Division I national championship runner up Daniel Cormier will attempt to make it two in a row this Friday, March 26, at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., … Read more
(PRESS RELEASE) – Jason “Mayhem” Miller has already shown the world that he’s no fan of bullies. Now, the host of MTV’s smash-hit reality series “Bully Beatdown” has been joined by fellow STRIKEFORCE mixed martial arts (MMA) stars Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith and Daniel Cormier in a national campaign led by apparel company and cause organization Kickin’ It, Inc. to curb a perennial problem amongst adolescents and teenagers.
Founded by Kickin’ It Apparel Co. President GinaMarie Raimondo in May 2009, the “Bullying…We’re Kickin’ It” campaign aims to stop bullying amongst youth and the resulting psychological and emotional wounds often left on victims. Raimondo’s outfit aggressively engages students, their guardians, and school faculty in useful dialogue and activities, including workshops led by the organization’s spokespeople in order to encourage positive behavior.
NEW YORK (September 9, 2009) – Two-time United States Olympic wrestling team member and former NCAA Division I national championship runner up Daniel Cormier will make his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at the STRIKEFORCE: Challengers event at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s SpiritBank Event Center on Friday, September 25.
Cormier (0-0) will face an opponent that has yet to be determined on the live SHOWTIME televised portion of the first-ever STRIKEFORCE card in the state of Oklahoma.
“I think it’s an honor to be fighting for one of the top organizations in the world,” said Cormier, who celebrated his 30th birthday on March 20.
Twitter and other social networking websites are changing the way news is being reported. In yet another example it appears that 2008 Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier is preparing to enter the MMA world.
Cormier’s Twitter, @Cormier2009, was full of updates last week chronicling his visit to AKA and training with Muhammed Lawal. Here are some highlights.
“I’m n San Jose training MMA. I am going to LA on Friday. What have u been doing?”
“Just finished sparring went hard kinda hurt my elbow but its cool. Cain has really nice hands and goes hard.”
“I am n LA for a week. I am going down to train with Mo and Mark Munoz. We are all fighting now.”
This past weekend the United States World Team Trials for wrestling took place in Council bluffs, Iowa. Both of the Olympic styles, Freestyle and Greco-Roman, were represented.
The winners will get the opportunity to represent their country in the 2009 World Wrestling Championships in Herning, Denmark. A victory there would mean the first World Championships victory for the United States since Bill Zadick and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto conqueror Joe Warren accomplished the feat in 2006.
The style of the trials tournament is a bit interesting. First, there is a Challengers Tournament and the winners of that tournament get a shot at the US Nationals Champion (which is normally determined only a few months prior) in a best of three match showdown. The format leads to many upsets and first time victors.
Even the MMA analysts who saw Joe Warren’s star potential did not think he would be this impressive this early on. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, here in the States, the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet” defeated perennial pound-for-pound fighter, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. In only his second MMA fight, Warren relied mostly on his wrestling skill and took the fight by decision.
Wrestlers crossing over into MMA is almost as old as the sport itself. The accomplishments of these wrestlers are so well documented, that there is no need to go through them once again. Now, it seems as if any person who won more wrestling matches than they lost is considered to be world-class.