It’s been quite a year for Daniel Cormier, who became a two-division champion when he KO’d Stipe Miocic last July and then went back to 205lbs to successfully defend that title against Derrick Lewis.
Now he has another award to add to his trophy cabinet as he’s just won the inaugural ‘Best MMA Fighter’ award at the prestigious ESPY awards.
“Tonight I won the ESPY for the best mma fighter, this is insane,” Cormier wrote on Instagram afterwards. “I never would have thought I would ever get nominated for something like this. I have a great support system and they’re the reason things like this happen. Salina, you’re the glue that keeps this family rolling. To @crazybobcook and @dewaynezinkin you guys have been the best managers I could ever ask for. @akajav the best Head Coach in the business, @rosendo_sanchez , @slikbxr ,@camacho100, @leandrovbteam there is no staff in mma that compares. To my partners each and every one of you have built me from the ground up, special shout out to @officialcainvelasquez and @lukerockhold my brothers who have been there every step of the way. Cassandra and Heidi, all you do is recognized and appreciated greatly, I promise. All my competitors, I appreciate every one of you. The Jones rivalry has stood out above em all and have helped me to gain popularity that many people can’t imagine. And you the fans, you’ve loved me, cheered me and boo’d me, but you cared. It takes a village, I’m just a kid from the Northside of Lafayette, Louisiana. Amazing. Thank you all. I love you DC.”