UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will serve as the honorary chairman of this year's World Cup of Freestyle Wrestling, it was announced Thursday.
The event will be held June 11 and 12 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, which features the best eight men's freestyle teams in the world. The U.S. will be joined by Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Iran, Mongolia, Russia and Turkey. The Americans will face Iran, Azerbaijan and India in Group B. Opposite of the U.S. is Russia, Georgia, Mongolia and Turkey in Group B.
The United States' roster is led by 2012 Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and five other members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, including 2012 Olympian Tervel Dlagnev (125 kg/275 lbs.) and first-time Olympians Daniel Dennis (57 kg/125.5 lbs.), Frank Molinaro (65 kg/145.5 lbs.), J'den Cox (86 kg/189 lbs.) and Kyle Snyder (97 kg/213 lbs.). Jake Varner (97 kg/213 lbs.), the 2012 Olympic champion, is also on the roster.
Three-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer of Oklahoma State will compete at 74 kg.
Each team will have athletes in the six Olympic weight classes and two non-Olympic weight classes, and as many as two wrestlers per weight class. The U.S. is expected to bring 12 athletes to World Cup, with two in every weight, according to USA Wrestling.
Cormier, who defends his title against Jon Jones at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, was a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State. He was a two-time Olympian in freestyle wrestling, and placed fourth at 96 kg at the 2004 Games and he won six straight U.S. Open national titles.