But that doesn't mean "DC" is overlooking "Hendo" ahead of their pivotal No. 1 contender's fight this Memorial Day weekend.
After taking on -- and beating -- all comers rather decisively, Daniel Cormier will get his long-awaited shot at winning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold.
But first, he has to get through one more obstacle as he is penciled in to face Dan Henderson in the co-main event of UFC 173 on May 24, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It's the latest hoop "DC" has to jump through to get his first taste of a UFC title fight. More importantly, it could be a chance to finally get his hands on light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.
According to Cormier -- who appeared on recent episode of "The MMA Hour" -- should he defeat "Hendo" in "Sin City," he plans to sit out as long as it takes to secure his shot at the the 205-pound belt.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"I've waited long enough. This will be my fifth top-10 win, and I'm not fighting anyone else. I'm going to sit and wait and get better, and I'm going to wait to fight Jon Jones. If it took nine months, I'd wait nine months. It's time for me to fight for the belt. It's not that I'm afraid I'll lose to any of these guys, because I don't believe that. I think I can beat them all. I just think that at a point, you have to make a stand about what's important for me. Eventually one of these guys is going to take me to the edge and make me have to fight. Dan Henderson could potentially be that guy. I may need a lot of time between fights. The only reason I haven't needed so much time is because I haven't really been pressed."
In the meantime, Alexander Gustafsson will get another chance to finish the job he started at UFC 165, as he prepares to rematch Jon Jones later this year after "Bones" dominated Glover Teixeira this past weekend (April 26, 2014) at UFC 172.
And despite the fact that "The Mauler" dragged Jones into deep waters in their first encounter, Cormier doesn't think the towering Swede has a chance to defeat him in the rematch. Because at the end of the day, no one -- other than himself, of course -- has the intangibles to defeat Jones in a championship bout.
"No chance. Let me rephrase that. I'm not saying he doesn't have a chance. I'm just saying that if I had to bet my money, or if I asked 10 people who wins this fight, nine out of those 10 people would say Jon Jones, because honestly, I believe that he's better because he has more tools. When you look at Jon on paper against a lot of people, he seems to match up well against every single one of us. He seems to holds the advantages against every single one of us. It's the intangibles. It's the things that you can't measure on a piece of paper that it's going to take to beat Jon Jones -- the things that I believe I hold in spades. I've been winning my entire life. That's all I know how to do, and that's what I plan on continuing to do as I finish my mixed martial arts career. I'm not trying to sound arrogant or cocky in any way. I know how to win. I know that at the end of the day, when I step in the cage with most guys that I fight, I've done more things right over the course of my lifetime and over the course of my athletic career than they have. And that's what carries me."
But if you think Cormier is looking past "Hendo" and focusing on a potential title shot against Jones, you're mistaken, as "DC" says he's looking forward to facing a fighter "he truly respects and likes."
Sorry, Patrick Cummins.
After all, we saw what happened to the last guy who was shifting all of his attention on "Bones," instead of his present opponent.