UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier took to social media Sunday afternoon in order to pay homage to longtime friend and manager Bob Cook. In a recent Instagram post the 37 year-old champion eluded to ‘completing the journey’ following July’s blockbuster event.
Sometime in life you are lucky enough to meet a person that is just good all the way to the core. It's this guy. We have been thru so much. This pic was taken in 2011 in Chicago and my biggest dream was to be @strikeforce champion. Well @crazybobcook we have come a long way buddy. July 9th we complete the journey. Thanks for being a great manager, coach, friend and now business partner. From strike force to xmma to king of the cage to the @ufc it's been a fun ride. Thanks for guiding me the whole time. DC
The former USA Olympic wrestling team captain began his MMA career at the age of 30 in Strikeforce, defeating Gary Frazier via 2nd round TKO. Over the years, Cormier would earn an undefeated MMA record of 15-0, finishing 10 of those bouts, before taking on the then champion Jon Jones at UFC 182.
Cormier would suffer his first professional MMA loss to Jones via unanimous decision after undergoing a war of words, as well as a physical altercation at a press event, in the months leading up to the light heavyweight showdown.
After Jones was stripped of the title due to legal troubles, Cormier would go on to beat Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson for the vacant belt at UFC 187 in May of last year. DC would also successfully defend his title against top contender Alexander Gustafsson via split decision at UFC 192 five months following his title victory.
Now after a year of patience and obsession DC will get his shot at redemption for his only professional loss, when he defends his UFC light heavyweight championship against hated rival Jon Jones.
The heated rivalry will headline the UFC’s July blockbuster UFC 200 in Las Vegas’ brand-new T-Mobile Arena, as Jones attempts to reclaim the title he never lost and Cormier looks to successfully defend his title against the only man to have ever defeated him inside the Octagon.