Daniel Cormier: 'I am a fighter'

Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier is a fighter. He's also a winner. Photo by Marlene Karas via US PRESSWIRE.

Ever wonder why Daniel Cormier is a fighter?

Wonder no more. Showtime has released the next installment in its popular "I am a fighter" video series with a background on "DC" as he prepares to face Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament on May 19, 2012 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

"My path was different. June 2003, I had a three month old daughter pass. Her mom was driving with her down in Texas and they got hit by an 18-wheeler and she was the only casualty. I was supposed to wrestle in the final trials for the world team a week following. Obviously, I postponed it. I locked myself in my room. The world was just going to pass me by. My coach calls me one day and goes, 'Look Daniel, you gotta try to get back on the horse bud. You’re not going to give away this opportunity.' In the first match, I went in there, wrestled hard, but he beat me. So now I’m having to face an uphill battle, having to win two matches in a row to make this team. I go into the second match, I pin him. You know, so going into the third match, it’s all or nothing. I scored a point with 20 seconds left in the third period to tie it, won the match in overtime. Competition drives me, it makes me who I am. Anytime I’m doing anything, I want to be the best at that thing that I am doing. And to this day, that is the proudest match I have ever had in my entire life. Because in that moment, I had won for my kid. My name is Daniel Cormier, and I’m a fighter."

Cormier's complete "I am a fighter" video, including his cardboard box championship belt, after the jump.

To see why Josh Barnett is a fighter, check out his video right here.

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