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Daniel Cormier to Defend UFC Title vs. Volkan Oezdemir

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Former Oklahoma State Cowboy wrestler and current UFC light heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier now has a date set for his next title defense.

In Cormier’s first fight since his very controversial bout with Jon Jones in which Jones  failed a drug test resulting in Cormier retroactively retaining his title, he will take on No. 1 contender Volkan Oezdemir. The fight will take place in Boston at UFC 220 on Saturday, Jan 20th.

 

You could make the argument that Daniel Cormier is about as influential of a former Cowboy wrestler as you could find that’s not directly on the current staff.

Not only is he a great rep for the brand with his star status in MMA, he was also a star during his time here as a wrestler and during his run as an Olympian. Steve Mocco said in his documentary on Flowrestling that a big part of the reason he came here from Iowa was seeing the way OSU was putting out Olympians, which included Cormier at the time. Mocco won a Hodge award and was a big part of 2 team titles.

He was also a youth coach in Stillwater and coached a number of guys currently on the Cowboy roster before he made his move to MMA. Here’s a picture of him coaching Kaid Brock at a youth tournament that he posted to social media a few years ago after Brock famously pinned OU’s defending NCAA champ Cody Brewer in his college debut.

Brock-Cormier

Tickets for the fight go on sale December 15th and the fight can be watched on PPV.

 

 

 

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