Found October 18, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Long before Daniel Cormier and "King" Mo Lawal were aspiring mixed martial artists, the pair of future champions were already friends after both attending Oklahoma State as part of the wrestling program. Cormier and Lawal remained friends after college, and in 2009 while both were learning the craft of fighting they decided to form a new bond called 'Team Thirsty'. It was a play on an old joke Cormier and Lawal had with some other friends from the wrestling community years earlier, and the pair remained close through training camps and while both competed in separate organizations as well. Recently, Lawal has picked up his training and moved to Las Vegas where he started to work with UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson under the tutelage of boxing coach Jeff Mayweather. Lawal and Nelson also became fast friends, and have been in each other's corners for fights in the past year. Lawal ran into a problem, however, when the UFC announced that it was pitting Cormier agai...

Head 2 Head: Cormier vs. Nelson

At one time it seemed that Daniel Cormier would head straight from Roy Nelson to a light-heavyweight title shot as long as he could emerge with a win at UFC 166 . That's no longer the case, with things complicated by all of the recent developments at 205. Interestingly, that may also affect Nelson as well. After years of hearing calls to move down to light-heavyweight, now he...

Cormier ready for Nelson and his beard

It's the much anticipated conclusion of "BEARDGATE 2013". In an unusual turn of events, UFC 166's co-main event grudge match between heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson, which has been fueled by a lot of trash talk, were quite cordial with one another while being dual-interviewed by Ariel Helwani. Obviously, the most urgent topic needed to be discussed...

Daniel Cormier Dominates Roy Nelson at UFC 166 (Video Highlights)

Daniel Cormier (pictured) was a significant odds-on favorite to dispose of Roy Nelson at UFC 166, and he certainly proved the Gambling Gods true on Saturday night. A trimmed-down Cormier did pretty much anything he wanted to Nelson, except finish him. Cormier constantly beat “Big Country” to the punch, took him down whenever he felt like it and ultimately scored a lopsided (30...

Cormier dominates Nelson

Two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier is on his way to the light heavyweight division, but before he arrives he made one last stop at heavyweight where he soundly defeated Roy Nelson on Saturday night. A wrestler by nature, Cormier came out and immediately put the pressure on Nelson to try and stop his takedowns. The Oklahoma State alum was able to put Nelson down in the first round...

Video: “Countdown to UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos”

Last night the UFC aired their Countdown show, which previews the key fights to an upcoming pay-per-view. UFC 166 takes place on Saturday night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main event features the trilogy fight between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defending his title against Junior Dos Santos. This episode of “Countdown to UFC 166″ will go preview...

Velasquez the light heavyweight?

Following the conclusion of UFC 166, Daniel Cormier will drop down to the light heavyweight division with hopes of making a run a the 205-pound title and an eventual shot at champion Jon Jones. Cormier has spoken openly about the myriad of reasons why he's cutting down to the lower weight class, but paramount in that decision is the fact that as he continues to rise in the heavyweight...

Daniel Cormier recaps his win over Roy Nelson

Daniel Cormier on fighting Roy Nelson: “Roy was a little more passive in the fight, I think because of my wrestling. He was pretty good at defending my takedowns, so I had to mix it up and really use some high level wrestling. Once I got him down, he was really slippery.”   Cormier on if […]

DC: “I need to make a statement”

Former Olympic wrestler and unbeaten UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier will be pulling double duty this weekend at UFC 166 . Not only with the American Kickboxing Academy wrestling coach be there to support his close friend and training partner Cain Velasquez as he defends his UFC heavyweight title against Junior dos Santos, but "DC" will be stepping into the cage himself...

UFC 166 HOV 'Dos Santos vs. Velasquez III' Pay-Per-View Staff Pick 'Em

This pick 'em is a special one folks. Along with the regulars: Reno, Shoman, Wolff and the returning champion Mr. Sheehan himself, we have a long time friend making her triumphant return. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome Erin Tierney back to the HOV pick 'em bonanza! Check out the full pick 'em below. If you missed our preliminary picks for UFC 166 you can find those here...

Countdown to UFC 166: Nelson vs. Cormier

Bad blood will boil over into a heavyweight brawl as durable Roy Nelson and undefeated Daniel Cormier clash at UFC 166. photo credit on main page story via

Highlights of Daniel Cormier’s win via unanimous decision over Roy Nelson.

UFC 166: Nelson vs. Cormier Highlights of Daniel Cormier’s win via unanimous decision over Roy Nelson.

Video: UFC 166 Weigh-Ins

UFC 166 takes place tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. But before the fighters get into the cage tonight, they had to weigh-in yesterday to make their respective fights official. Watch the weigh-in video above of all 26 fighters weighing in. Here is the card for tonight’s UFC 166. MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) - Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos – for...

Cormier: “I’m happy about this fight”

Daniel Cormier can do it. Not only did the former Olympic wrestler look sleek and skilled pushing his record to 13-0 with a decision win over Roy Nelson, but he was also in the corner of his teammate and friend Cain Velasquez as he defended the UFC heavyweight title in the UFC 166 main event. As if that wasn't enough, "DC" also hit the broadcast booth, joining the...
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