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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Daniel Cormier interview

Johnny Preston: You were involved in a league called Real Pro Wrestling, which featured amateur-style competition. Guys like you, King Mo, Erik Larkin, and Joe Warren were all on the show. What happened to the league?

Daniel Cormier: They just made so many changes to wrestling in order to make it viewer-friendly. They had financial backing, they had good ideas, but it was just way too much. And no one really picked up on it; no one was really interested in it. They had a difficult time finding a network to buy the show for their station. It was tough. But it was good for what it was at the time. We didnít have much time, but when we went to Los Angeles to film that we got treated like kings, which was one of the only times that happened outside of the Olympic Games. We were treated like stars. We got good per diem, and I took home a $20,000 check, which was the biggest single check Iíd gotten at that point. I wish it would have stuck around longer.

JP: Being one of the most accomplished amateur wrestlers in MMA today, how do you feel like your success in that sport motivates your desire to succeed in fighting?

DC: The pressure is from me, not from anyone else. The pressure is from the people I love, the people I care about. Not fansÖI donít let fans drive me. Obviously, I want to put on exciting fights for the fans. They are the ones that buy tickets and pay us, but the pressureís from me because Iím used to succeeding. Iíve had success at every level. It would be really hard not to attain that when trying something new. Thatís why the commitment that I give this sport is so huge. I moved here from Oklahoma because I knew that if I was going to accomplish the things that I want to accomplish, I would have to be here. Thatís why I live here. Itís what I expect from myself, and I expect to do well. There is a sense of pressure, but itís pressure I give myself. I want to win.

JP: Youíve taken fights outside of STRIKEFORCE. Have you had any talks with the promotion as far as your next fight for them?

DC: STRIKEFORCE has done a really good job with me. My first fight with them was last September 25th. I had my third fight for them in August. Thatís three fights in less than a year. Thatís really good. Most guys donít have that. Iím making very decent money, and theyíre paying me to fight over and over. So Iím happy with that. I want to get better as a fighter, and I want to be busy, so Iím taking fights whenever possible.

JP: Have you thought about who you want to fight next in STRIKEFORCE?

DC: To me, the fight that really makes sense for me is a Chad Griggs. I think that would be a great fight right now. We both fought on the Houston card, so weíre both available. I think he got a big fight by beating Bobby, and since heís one of my buddies, I wouldnít mind avenging his loss a little bit. But it would put us both back on the main show, back on television. So I think itís an opportunity for both of us to get on TV, to make some money, and have a good fight.

JP: How many wins away do you think you are from a title shot?

DC: I donít know. In my mind, Iím not there yet. Thereís no reason for that yet. Iíve had five fights with three wins in STRIKEFORCE. If I beat someone like Griggs, the natural progression is to take the next step, which would be a guy like Brett Rogers. From there, you go to a guy like Barnett or Sergei Kharitonov. From there, youíre in the title picture. Itís like the levels I was talking about earlier. You clear out your level and move onto the next one. Right now, itís a Chad Griggs or Shane Del Rosario-level fighter that I should be facing, and then onto the next guy. Then you start looking at championships. Iím going to be busy outside of STRIKEFORCE, so hopefully I can work my way into a title shot inside the promotion within the next year. Thatís my goal.
I'm really a fan of his. He seems like a down to earth guy who knows what he wants and what his doing. His also fighting in early November.

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Hoping they put him in a big fight we can see on a main card soon. Was wanting to see him against Lashley before he lost, but guess that was all for not if they're such buddies they have to feel the need to avenge losses like that.

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Originally Posted by Rauno View Post
I'm really a fan of his. He seems like a down to earth guy who knows what he wants and what his doing. His also fighting in early November.
Agree with you there, he seems really grounded and just an all around awesome guy. He seems promising and always look forward to his fights.

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