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Daniel Cormier Takes on Hollywood in Upcoming TV Show Based on ‘Warrior’

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UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier has his sights set on Hollywood for his next chapter in life. ‘DC’ is set to star in a series based on the 2011 film ‘Warrior.’

“I came from Lafayette, Louisiana to the (bright) lights of the Octagon and now I take on Hollywood! I teased this a while back but now it’s a reality thanks to @paramountplus and @lionsgate! I am truly honored and excited for this next chapter in my life!” Cormier posted on Twitter.

The series will be based on the movie ‘Warrior’ which was released in late 2011, starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte. The film’s synopsis reads:

“An estranged family finds redemption in the unlikeliest of places: the MMA ring. Tommy (Tom Hardy), an ex-marine with a tragic past, returns home and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and former wrestling coach, to train him for “Sparta,” the biggest MMA tournament ever held. But when Tommy’s underdog brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), fights his way into the tournament, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart.”

The film is well regarded as a great sports drama, earning Oscar and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Nick Nolte for his gripping performance as a struggling alcoholic and father of the two main characters.

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Daniel Cormier Will Play a Retired World Champion and Widower

According to Deadline, the original film’s director Gavin O’Connor will also direct the ten-episode series for Lionsgate Television, with Paramount+ set to develop it.

Speaking to Deadline, O’Connor said one of the fighters will be played by Cormier. Suffering from the loss of his wife to cancer, the character is not only left as a single father but with huge debt from all of the medical treatments his wife underwent in an effort to save her.

Cormier (22-3-1 MMA, 11-3-1 UFC) retired from the sport after his decision loss in a title fight rematch against Stipe Miocic at UFC 252 in August of 2020, completing their storied trilogy. Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson by submission in the third round for the vacant Light Heavyweight title at UFC 187 in 2015. Cormier also achieved double champion status when he defeated Miocic by knockout in the first round in the first meeting, winning the heavyweight title in the process at UFC 226 in mid-2018.

Cormier was just recently inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame‘s Modern Wing for the class of 2022. You can see his reaction to his induction below:

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Austin Marr was first introduced to MMA by his father when his father enrolled Austin into Catch Wrestling and MMA classes at the age of eleven in 2007, since then Austin’s passion for the sport grows daily. Austin first started covering the sport in 2018-writing articles and creating video content.