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U.S. Olympic wrestling team captain Daniel Cormier announces move to MMA.

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Aug 12, 2009 at 5:30 am ET

Yet another high-profile amateur wrestler is heading to the world of mixed martial arts.

Daniel Cormier, a two-time Olympian and the U.S. squad's 2008 Olympic team captain, was a two-time JUCO national champion and NCAA Division I runner-up at Oklahoma State University in 2001.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the move from Zinkin Entertainment & Sports Management, a high-profile agency that now represents Cormier.

Cormier, who will train with other collegiate-wrestling champions such as Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck at American Kickboxing Academy, is expected to compete in the light-heavyweight division upon his MMA debut.

Cormier's wrestling accomplishments are in no short supply. Among the feats are three high-school state championships in his native Louisiana, a 117-6 collegiate record that included three-time All-American honors, six U.S. senior national championships and a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

While many fighters compete in relative obscurity early in their careers, Cormier is likely to follow in the footsteps of former amateur wrestling champions such as Ben Askren and "King" Mo Lawal and garner immediate attention.

Post #1   8/12/09 10:02:03AM   

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Can only mean good things! I just hope he's not going to L&P people to a victory.

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What is juco?

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Posted by machodog76

What is juco?



junior college... same as community college. Just means a two year school

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Posted by SmileR

Can only mean good things! I just hope he's not going to L&P people to a victory.


I agree. If he's training with AKA, I wouldn't expect a dull performance. Just a guess, though. I'm not sure if Sherdog's listings are up to date, but they list Paul Buentello, Mike Swick, Josh Thompson, Cain Velasquez, Trevor Prangley and Mike Kyle in addition to Koscheck and Fitch. Not too many guys you could just lay on there, I don't think. On the other hand, I expect it's impossible to know how a guy will perform after the cage door closes, until they get in there and find out. If a wrestler succumbs to the butterflies in his stomach, he could easily revert to a try-not-to-get-killed approach.

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Posted by machodog76

What is juco?



junior college... same as community college. Just means a two year school

Thanks! that has bugged me for a while, I thought it was somethinng like judoka.

Post #6   8/12/09 5:27:57PM   

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Damn, Cormier is aggressive as hell...he'll be in the UFC in about a year...prolly challenge for a title in two.

Post #7   8/12/09 7:42:02PM