MMA Fighter of the Year: Daniel Cormier
By Kieran Cobley
For my MMA Fighter of the Year choice, there was no other fighter that I could think of that deserved the honour more than Daniel Cormier.
2018 has been the year “DC”, with the American fighting three times, finishing each fight; the perfect way to come back after his 2017 ended on a sour note with a fight against Jon Jones ending in DC being knocked out, with the result later being overturned to a no contest, after Jones was found to have a banned substance in his system.
DC kicked off his 2018 in January at UFC 220, where he beat Volkan Oezdemir by TKO in the second round, defending his light heavyweight title in the process.
Next up was a fight with Stipe Miocic in July at UFC 226, where a win would see DC become the first fighter to hold the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles simultaneously.
DC stepped up to the plate with ease, showing why he is referred to as one of the greatest fighters of all time, as he KO’d Miocic in the first round, ending Miocic’s dominant reign as heavyweight champion.
The last of DC’s three fights would see him defend his newly acquired title against knockout artist, Derrick Lewis at UFC 230.with a RNC in the second round.
This saw DC create history, a he became the first UFC double champion to defend both of his titles.
For these feats alone, it is easy to see why DC is my pick for MMA Fighter of the Year, but then you also have to take into account what he does outside of training and fighting, which includes commentary for the UFC at selected events, and coaching wrestling plus being a father to his family.
I really hope we get to see DC wrap up his career with a win next year, as he has announced he plans to retire in March, and to not see him get a grand farewell would be a tragedy.
So that’s my MMA Fighter of the Year, who is your Fighter of the Year? Let me know on Twitter by tweeting me @Cobleyreporting.