Yes, UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier competed in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Cormier competed in freestyle wrestling as a heavyweight. The former UFC two-division champion finished fourth at the Olympics.
Although Cormier was once again part of the USA wrestling team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, kidney problems due to poor weight loss ultimately rendered the former MMA fighter unable to compete in the event. .
In an interview with The Guardian he spoke about the terrible weight reduction saying:
“The reality is that I could have done things so much better in the build-up to the Games. I played with…my weight. I took things for granted that I shouldn’t have. In the end All in all, it cost me as much time as it could have cost me.”
However, Cormier does hold some major wrestling accolades on his resume. According to olympics.com, he placed third at the 2007 World Championships and first at the 2003 Pan American Games.
Check out Danie Cormier in action at the 2004 Olympic trials below:
Daniel Cormier is one of the most accomplished athletes in UFC history. During his tenure at the promotion, the American won the heavyweight and light heavyweight championships.
‘DC’ holds a pro-MMA record of 22 wins, 3 losses and 1 no contest. He holds victories over other UFC legends such as Stipe Miocic, Anthony Johnson, and Alexander Gustafsson, among others.
What is Daniel Cormier’s belt in jiu-jitsu?
According to a report by Way of Martial Arts, former two-time UFC champion Daniel Cormier is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 2013, the American was promoted directly from white belt to brown belt by Brazilian grappler Leo Vieira.
In an interview with Tatame magazine, Leo Vieira explained why he decided to promote ‘DC’ straight to brown belt, saying:
“Daniel has an enviable track record in wrestling, which helped his evolution in jiu-jitsu. Few know about his career, but the guy finished fourth at the Athens Olympics. He was captain of the USA wrestling team in Beijing, and won two medals. [America]. In my opinion, by analyzing his daily practice for two years, the brown belt was the most suitable for Cormier’s technical level.
Cormier holds five submission victories during his storied MMA career. His last submission win came against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 via a second-round rear naked choke.
Watch Danie Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis below: