Daniel Cormier Announced as UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Inductee

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Daniel Cormier is headed to the UFC Hall of Fame.

During Saturday’s UFC 274 broadcast, the promotion announced erstwhile two-division champ Cormier’s summation to the Modern Wing of its Hall of Fame. Cormier, who was moving UFC 274 arsenic an analyst, received a lasting ovation from fans successful attendance, and was noticeably affectional hugging it retired with broadcast spouse Joe Rogan and ringing announcer Bruce Buffer.

In a property merchandise distributed successful conjunction with the announcement, UFC President Dana White touted Cormier’s interaction connected the athletics of MMA.

“Daniel Cormier is 1 of the astir badass competitors of each time,” said White. “DC faced the top athletes successful the satellite connected each level of wrestling and MMA. He is besides the eventual professional. As an progressive fighter, helium ever took clip for the media, which led him to go 1 of the champion TV analysts successful each of sports. DC is 1 of the top ambassadors UFC has ever had, and it’s going to beryllium an grant to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”

Cormier (22-3, 1NC), a U.S. Olympic Team subordinate known for his high-level wrestling, archetypal deed the radar successful Strikeforce, joining that promotion’s airy heavyweight expansive prix arsenic an alternate successful 2011. At the clip an undefeated imaginable and teammate of Cain Velasquez astatine American Kickboxing Academy, Cormier defeated journeyman Jeff Monson successful a reserve bout — past landed successful the tourney semifinal against Bigfoot Silva erstwhile Alistair Overeem pulled retired of the expansive prix.

After knocking retired Silva, Cormier recovered himself facing erstwhile UFC champion Josh Barnett successful the final, a acold much experienced opponent, but 1 who could not grip Cormier’s wrestling. Cormier would triumph the expansive prix and Strikeforce heavyweight tourney — conscionable arsenic the promotion was gobbled up by the UFC.

With bully person Velasquez holding golden successful his caller home, Cormier dropped down to airy heavyweight aft a fewer aboriginal wins implicit Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. At 205 pounds, helium would spark a fierce rivalry with Jon Jones lone to travel up abbreviated successful his archetypal changeable astatine UFC golden successful 2015. But erstwhile Jones was stripped of the title, it was Cormier swooping successful and winning the vacant airy heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson that aforesaid year.

Cormier would support the rubric twice, past rematch with Jones astatine UFC 214 — aft a planned UFC 200 match-up with scuttled by Jones failing a cause test. A nonaccomplishment to Jones connected the rescheduled day was soon overturned, with Jones failing yet different cause trial — Cormier retained the rubric arsenic a result.

Defending the loop 1 much clip against Volkan Oezdemir successful 2018, Cormier would past determination to heavyweight and situation Stipe Miocic for the rubric there. He’d dethrone Miocic, becoming 1 of 4 fighters successful UFC past to clasp 2 championships simultaneously, alongside Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo.

Eventually relinquishing the airy heavyweight title, Cormier would support the heavyweight loop against Derrick Lewis, earlier closing retired his vocation by completing a trilogy with Miocic.

The 2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony volition instrumentality spot connected June 30 successful Las Vegas, Nevada astatine the T-Mobile Arena.