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Daniel Cormier's Gold Medal Shortfall Fueled Decision to Enter MMA

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist and two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier spoke to MMA Fighting in Atlanta before UFC 145 about his impending bout with former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett. Cormier contrasted his style and ability in wrestling with Barnett's, but also spoke candidly about falling short in his quest for a Olympic gold medal in wrestling. Cormier states had he won the medal he coveted so greatly, he likely would never have competed in professional MMA. Cormier also spoke about the state of the American Kickboxing Academy gym in the wake of trainer Dave Camarillo and UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck departing and many other topics.