So much for USA Wrestling’s attempt to stem the tide of grappling stars transitioning to combat sports.
Daniel Cormier, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, two-time U.S. Olympic Wrestler and six-time U.S. Senior National Champion is officially launching a career in mixed martial arts. The freestyle wrestler competed the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and traveled to the 2008 Games in Beijing before having to withdraw due to dehydration. According to his new management agency, Zinkin Entertainment, Cormier will train at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose under “Crazy” Bob Cook, Javier Mendez and Dave Camarillo. The wrestler cut weight to compete at 96 kilos, or 211.5 pounds, so he will likely fight at light heavyweight.
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