This Saturday night at 10 p.m. (ET) in the last Strikeforce event, undefeated Grand Prix Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier, will fight Dutch underdog Dion Staring. Their brawl precedes the welterweight title fight: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine. The must watch final Strikeforce is set at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma and airs live on Showtime Sports.
MicroTech is a long-time patron and fan of Cormier. He is an All-American wrestler and was part of the United States World Team and later the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team. Originally from Louisiana, Cormier now trains at the American Kickboxing Academy in California with friend of MicroTech and current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez.
To promote Strikeforce and get fans familiar with the fighters’ backstories, Showtime Sports released a series of commercials titled, “I am a Fighter.” The one Cormier starred in brought to light a troubling event that the champ still struggles with today. “My path to become an Olympian was different,” he spoke into the camera, “June 2003 I had a 3-month-old daughter pass.”
The MicroTech Team was deeply saddened at the news of his daughter’s passing. As Cormier went on, his determination lit up his face and the hearts of many viewers. Through the telling of his story, Cormier showed that although Champions, Olympic Athletes, and the rich and famous may seem like they are on the fast track to retirement, they suffer the human condition like everyone else.
Cormier said he locked himself in his room until his coach John Smith came knocking on his door. Smith voiced his fears that Cormier was going to waste this chance to get on the Olympic wrestling team. After some time, Cormier returned to his training. He needed best two out three in his Olympic try-out, he said. After his first loss, he put his skills into overdrive to win the last two fights.
“I went from going into wrestling matches here in the country where I was like, ‘Maybe I can win..maybe I can get this done,' to going into matches thinking there's just no way I can lose. And to this day that is the proudest match I've ever had in my entire life because in that moment, I had won for my kid. It was unbelievable,” Cormier said.
Will Cormier put that same intense drive into this match with Staring? MicroTech is betting he will. Tune in at 10 p.m. (ET) to watch his fight against Dion Staring in the ultimate Strikeforce card.