Daniel Cormier will meet Josh Barnett in the final round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix at Strikeforce 40 later this month, but it’s been a long and hard road he’s taken to get here.
The former U.S. Olympic wrestler lost his infant daughter in a traffic accident in 2003. One year later, he came up short in the Athens Olympic games. After earning the team captain’s spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling team, Cormier was rendered unable to compete after his kidneys failed from a tough weight cut.
Recent years and the sport of MMA have been much kinder to the 33-year-old, who will enjoy a nine-fight winning streak heading into his bout against Barnett. Though he’ll be up against a much more experienced fighter, this is the kind of challenge that fuels Cormier.
Cormier will put his undefeated record on the line on May 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.