Daniel Cormier Says He's Smaller Now Than When He Was Wrestling
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.17.2014
Daniel Cormier recently spoke with MMAjunkie about fighting at light heavyweight and more. Check out the highlights:
On his weight: "I'm actually smaller now than I was when I was wrestling. I was wrestling and weighing 240, 245 [pounds] sometimes. Now I'm actually weighing 220 in the morning. I've never been this light. It's an amazing feeling."
On his discipline while he was on the US Olympic wrestling squad: "I've so far been down past my Olympic weight, and it's a relief but it's also very sad. It reminds me that because I wasn't disciplined and committed to myself and my goal, I cheated myself out of a chance to become an Olympic champion. So it will be a good feeling to weigh in, because yeah, I did it, I got this done. But there's also this overwhelming sadness at what I cost myself and what I cheated myself out of in the grand scheme of things."
On still carrying some baggage from his earlier days: "I think it gets lost on people sometimes that, yeah, I wasn't doing things the right way, but I still belong to a small fraternity of people who competed in the Olympic Games and competed at the highest level. Now I'm in the UFC, but I'm still an Olympic-level athlete, and an Olympic-level athlete is a person who, when they set their mind to something, they get it done. So yeah, there is a part of me that says, to hell with people who say I can't do this. I've done things that most people can only dream of. To set my mind to something like this and do it again, it does feel pretty good."