Undefeated Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion Daniel Cormier suffered kidney failure in 2008, which cost him a spot at the Olympic games.
Because he was trying to cut too much weight.
So you can imagine his trepidation when faced with the decision to drop to light heavyweight and make a run at the world title, or stay where he was and beat up mid-card talent while his buddy and training partner, Cain Velasquez, wore 265 pounds of gold.
The choice was obvious.
But if "DC" was going to conquer his demons, he was going to do it the right way. What that process entailed has been documented by Esther Lin at MMA Fighting, who shared this video of his preparations to come in at 205 pounds for tonight's (Feb. 22, 2014) UFC 170 co-main event against Patrick Cummins.