Daniel Cormier Joins Wimp2Warrior Program, Provides Use of Wrestling Academy

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 3, 2021

Former UFC two-division champion Daniel Cormier has joined forces with Wimp2Warrior, the grassroots training program that works to increase participation in MMA.

As part of a multi-year partnership, the Daniel Cormier Wrestling Academy in Gilroy, Calif., will host “multiple in-person series for the W2W program,” according to a release. The first season is slated to begin later this year. W2W vice president and former Bellator matchmaker Rich Chou announced the news on Tuesday.

“‘DC’ has a true love of the sport and his knowledge and understanding of MMA is second to none,” Chou said. “Whether it be his accomplishments in the Octagon, his broadcast work, or his dedication as a coach developing young athletes, he has solidified his standing as one of MMA’s most visible global ambassadors. As W2W continues to accelerate our growth, being able to have a 360 partnership with ‘DC’ further validates our commitment to growing the sport by converting fandom to participation worldwide.”

Cormier will also serve as a global ambassador for W2W and work with co-founder and SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh to develop the program’s 20-week in-person curriculum.

“Look, anyone who knows me knows how invested I am in teaching,” said Cormier. “It’s why I coach wresting at Gilroy High School, why I opened up my academy and why I am partnering with W2W.  This program represents everything that is good about martial arts and gives me a chance to give back by being an entry point to men and women who can’t shake that burning question of ‘can I do that?’"

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