MMA

California’s Daniel Cormier is still UFC Heavyweight Champion

Fighting out of San Jose, California, United States, Daniel “DC” Cormier, 39, is still the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion. On November 3, 2018, he successfully defended the title from Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis of Houston, Texas, United States at “UFC 230” at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.

With Herb Dean as the referee, Cormier and Lewis battled it out in the main event of “UFC 230.” The referee put a stop to the bout when the defending champion submitted his challenger via rear-naked choke at 2:14 of Round 2.

Losing to Cormier downgraded Lewis’s professional MMA record to 21 wins and 6 losses. It was the Texan fighter’s fourth loss in the UFC.

After beating Lewis at “UFC 230,” Cormier now has 22 wins and 1 loss. It was the California fighter’s 11th win in the UFC.

Competing professionally since 2009, Cormier joined the UFC in 2013. The only fighter he failed to defeat in the promotion was Jon “Bones” Jones, 31, of Rochester, New York, United States.

On July 7, 2018, Cormier became the second UFC champion to hold two division titles simultaneously, following Connor “Notorious” McGregor. The former dethroned former champion Stipe Miocic, 36, of Independence, Ohio, United States at “UFC 226” on July 7, 2018.

“UFC 230” marked Cormier’s first successful title defense as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. As the reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, he has three successful title defenses.

On May 23, 2015, Cormier became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion by defeating Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, 34, of Boca Raton, Florida, United States at “UFC 187.” The title was vacated on April 28, 2018 when Jones, the previous titleholder, was stripped of the title due to his involvement in a felony hit-and-run.

Cormier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, United States on March 20, 1979. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in sociology but went on to pursue a career in freestyle wrestling.

In 2008, Cormier was the team captain of the Olympic wrestling team for the U.S.A. although he was not able to compete due to kidney failure caused by excessive weight cutting. After this, he started his career in MMA by training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, 36, former PFL Welterweight Champion Jon Fitch, 40, and former UFC welterweight fighter Josh “Kos” Koscheck, 40.

Here is Cormier’s post-fight octagon interview at “UFC 230” with Joe Rogan:

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