by Dane McGuire
As revealed during the UFC 274 broadcaster former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion turned broadcaster Daniel Cormier will receive the sport’s highest honor.
Cormier will be inducted into the hall of fame in July during International Fight Week.
“Daniel Cormier is one of the most badass competitors of all time,” UFC president Dana White said in a press release.
DC faced the greatest athletes in the world on every level of wrestling and MMA. He is also the ultimate professional. As an active fighter, he always took time for the media, which led him to become one of the best TV analysts in all of sports.
DC is one of the greatest ambassadors UFC has ever had, and it’s going to be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”
Per the UFC’s official announcement:
“Cormier will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining others in this distinguished category, including Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018), Michael Bisping (2019), Rashad Evans (2019), Georges St-Pierre (2020) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (2022).
The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the first UFC event under the unified rules of MMA was held), are a minimum age of 35 or who have been retired for one year or more.”
Cormier enters the UFC Hall of Fame with an impressive resume that includes:
One of only four simultaneous two-division champions in UFC history (Light Heavyweight & Heavyweight)
Most significant strikes head landed in a UFC heavyweight fight (UFC 241 vs. Miocic) – 162
Most significant strikes landed in a UFC heavyweight fight (UFC 241 vs. Miocic) – 181
Second-most significant head strikes landed in a UFC light heavyweight fight (UFC 192 vs. Gustafsson) – (111)
Third-most title fight wins in UFC light heavyweight history – (4)
Third-highest significant striking accuracy in UFC heavyweight history – (61.6%)
Third-most significant strikes landed in a UFC light heavyweight fight (UFC 192 vs. Gustafsson) –140
Tied for third-most significant clinch strikes landed in a UFC light heavyweight fight (UFC 192 vs. Gustafsson) – (48)
Tied for 10th-most title fight victories in UFC history – (6)