Although his MMA career continues rolling along, Daniel Cormier‘s days as a world-class amateur wrestler are over.
Cormier, an undefeated MMA fighter and the UFC’s light heavyweight contender in waiting, hit the mat for the final time earlier this month at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas. He picked up a win over three-time NCAA Division I All-American Chris Pendleton (watch it above) at the July 5 event.
Following the bout, Cormier (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), a two-time Olympian and NCAA Division I national runner-up at Oklahoma State University, left his shoes on the mat, signaling an end to his wrestling career.
Expo officials billed the match as his retirement bout. The 35-year-old fighter, a 2008 U.S. Olympic team captain who couldn’t compete in the Summer Games due to kidney failure, said he wanted to end his wrestling career on the mats.
Following the Expo event, Cormier, who’s ranked No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, underwent his scheduled knee surgery. He’s currently recovering and is scheduled to meet the winner of UFC 178's headliner and rematch between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) and Alexander Gustafsson (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).
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