Daniel Cormier is one of the greatest fighters to set foot inside the Octagon. Throughout his career, DC has experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. However, one incident in particular shaped DC to become the incredible fighter that he was.
Having beaten Stipe Miocic and becoming the second fighter ever to hold two belts at once, DC has achieved a lot. As a result, he was rightfully nominated into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2022. Throughout his career, Cormier collected wins over big names like Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Stipe Miocic, and Anderson Silva.
Notably, DC also suffered bitter losses to Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic before his retirement at UFC 252. However, these losses were not as devastating as the loss of his first child. As such, let’s take a deeper look into this tragic incident from DC’s life.
How did Daniel Cormier’s daughter die?
Unfortunately, in June 2003, Daniel Cormier’s first daughter, Kaedyn Imri Cormier, passed away in a car accident. A driver not paying attention, crashed his car into the one that Kaedyn was in, instantly killing the three-month-old child. “I called the highway patrol, and they told me that there was an accident on the highway, and they told me that people were injured, but there was only one fatality, and it was her (Kaedyn)… Just some guy being irresponsible.”
According to Cormier, there were injuries on the scene, with Kaedyn being the only fatality. “I just remember her casket being so, so small. So small. I just remember her in the casket and just, not understanding why stuff like that keeps happening. Why does stuff like this keep happening?” Understandably, the incident was one of the most devastating events of Cormier’s life.
Notably, Kaedyn’s unfortunate demise nearly saw DC hang up his fighting gloves very early into his career. However, Cormier used this event to fuel and fully devote himself to his craft. Eventually, DC would go on to achieve great things in his career, dedicating the wins to his deceased daughter.
How many kids does Daniel Cormier have with his wife Salina Deleon?
Daniel Cormier has had numerous relationships during his life. Notably, he decided to settle down after meeting his current wife, Salina Deleon in 2010. As such, on February 16, 2011, DC and Salina were blessed with their first child, Daniel Jr. Prior to meeting Salina, DC divorced his previous wife, Robin. Notably, his first daughter, Kaedyn, was also from a different girlfriend.
Following that, the couple welcomed their second child, Marquita Kalani, on March 4, 2012. Thereafter, DC and Salina decided to get engaged in 2014. After that, the couple finally tied the knot in 2017. Finally, the couple welcomed their third child, Luna Rose, in 2020.