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Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Daniel Cormier wasn't always as tough as he is now. According to Cormier, he was bullied growing up.

"This one kid used to just mess with me all the time," Cormier said to Jim Norton on Opie Radio. "One of the happiest days of my life was when I learned to wrestle."

He says that fights would break out at school and everyone would crowd around to watch and eventually they'd target him next.

He says that this particular bully, who he named as Gilbert Francis, was the biggest kid in school at the time.

"The kid was like 99-1 against me my entire life," Cormier laughed.

He says that on the 100th attempt Cormier took him to the ground and put him in a half nelson. He says he warned him to never try to fight him again.

Cormier claims that he was nearly reunited with Francis on his trip back home to Louisiana. According to Cormier, he made a small threat which he attributed to his former bully forgetting they had grown up.

"I have had an unbelievable life," Cormer said. "And part of it is owed to Gilbert Francis."

Cormier is set to face Jon Jones at UFC 200 in July in order to finally declare the true light heavyweight UFC champion.

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