The UFC have provided an enticing snippet of Daniel Cormier’s ‘Fightography’ feature, which is available on Fight Pass as of today. The former Olympian discusses his life before his initiation into the combat sports realm and how getting through school was a struggle due to bullying. Other fighters have also been open about their experiences with bullying during their childhood, including Georges St-Pierre and Chris Weidman. The AKA standout opened up to the UFC:
“When I was a kid I had a bully – I think a lot of kids do, but it seemed like mine was excessive. One kid actually – one time he had an egg in his hand and he punched me with it, and I broke in my eye and I fell down…and I got up and I just left. I wouldn’t fight the kid. I had something, it was like a block, like I could not allow myself to stand up to this kid. I was one kid at home with my family, or with my friends, but anytime these other kids came around I was completely different. I was like, broken, you know – I was so scared of everything confrontational.
I was very hyper. I would run around and I would jump and do crazy stuff…One day me and my friend PJ – my cousin – we were kicking a football and at one point he got tired of retrieving it so he stood up for himself, so then him and I started fighting. The high school wrestling coach came over and was like ‘what are you doing’ and then he started talking to us about wrestling. That’s pretty much how I started wrestling, it’s crazy. It saved me from the last two years of middle school because every time someone tried to get me, I would take them down and I would beat them up, and then they just stopped and left me alone. From that day, I was like, ‘no one’s bullying me because I can stand up for myself’.”