daniel-cormier-olympics.jpg(This story appeared in today’s edition of USA TODAY.)

Despite building an undefeated record as a heavyweight mixed martial artist, Daniel Cormier is strongly considering a move to the 205-pound light heavyweight division.

It’s an astonishing revelation for a man who has long insisted such a move would be impossible, especially since dropping weight once nearly killed Cormier.

“It was very scary,” he told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I was in the hospital. I was getting IV bags, not really eating food. I couldn’t recover from the weight cut.”

The two-time Olympic wrestler’s harrowing experience came during the 2008 Beijing Games. As is customary with almost all elite-level wrestlers, Cormier was cutting water weight when his kidneys failed, forcing him to withdraw from the competition.

“I had been cutting weight for a really long time,” Cormier said. “I think I started when I was 13, but I was doing it the wrong way. I put (a plastic sweatsuit) on a week before I weighed in, and I would just start sucking out that water. … Your body can only take so much. I was beating it down every time. It was very scary.”

Cormier’s history is one reason, even at 5-10, all of his professional MMA bouts have been as a heavyweight, with its 265-pound limit. It’s the division in which he’ll make his UFC debut at Saturday’s UFC on FOX & event in San Jose (FOX, 8 p.m. ET). Cormier (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces ex-UFC champ Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC), but he thinks that, win or lose, his future might lie in a different weight class.

“Physically, I’m different now,” said Cormier, 34, an All-America wrestler at Oklahoma State. “When I was saying that I couldn’t make light heavyweight, it wasn’t happening. At my heaviest, I was 264 pounds. I was consistently weighing in for fights at 250 pounds, and that was after training camps. I was losing 7, 8 pounds and being 250 pounds at weigh-ins. Now, I wake up in the morning, and I’m 234 pounds. That’s almost a 20-pound difference. Now it seems realistic. I’m lighter now than even when I was wrestling.”

Dropping a division would alleviate the possibility of Cormier being asked to fight teammate and friend Cain Velasquez, the UFC’s heavyweight champ. It would also open the possibility of facing Jon Jones, the UFC’s dominant light heavyweight champ who Cormier has said he has interest in facing.

First comes Mir, the highest-profile opponent of his career. But it seems Cormier has options in two divisions.

“I think I have to just get through this fight and then see what happens next,” Cormier said. “I’m going to fight with my heart and soul and give you everything I have to win this fight against Frank and continue to build to hopefully one day be the UFC champion.”

For more on UFC on FOX 7, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, May 26: Cormier is champ, but is he No. 1?

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

Daniel Cormier is the new UFC light-heavyweight champion, but is he truly the No. 1 fighter in the division?Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC, WSOF read news >>

Brandon Halsey Discussed Move to 205 with Bellator Before Fight with Grove

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 views

Even before Brandon Halsey made headlines Thursday evening for missing weight and getting stripped of his middleweight title, a move to light heavyweight was in his sights. Halsey will still fight Ke read news >>

Daniel Cormier 'panicked' about weight cut after fight with Anthony Johnson announced

  • 11 days ago
  • 66 views

LOS ANGELES -- Daniel Cormier's first reaction when he found out he was going to get to step in for Jon Jones and meet Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 187 was satisfaction. After all, Cormie read news >>

Ryan Bader responds to Daniel Cormier: 'Who the hell have you beat at 205?'

  • 9 days ago
  • 170 views

Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader have been trading barbs through the media after a bout between them fell through, and DC was given the next shot at the LHW title. Ryan Bader is looking for his shot at read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson: Early Head-to-Toe Breakdown

  • 25 days ago
  • 8 views

Maybe you're the type who actually prefers this fight over the one that was supposed to be. Maybe you didn't want to see the pound-for-pound king try to get past who is, for all intents and purposes, read news >>

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao earns a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

Boxing's mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is in the books, but the numbers for gate receipts and other forms of commerce are beginning to roll in. According to Showtime, th read news >>

Neil Magny, UFC Fight Night 66's 'Fighter to watch' today in Manila

  • 14 days ago
  • 3 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) serves up breakfast in bed for the second time in a month as the fight promotion brings a thrilling UFC Fight Night 66 card to Manila, Philippines, this morning ( read news >>

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao weigh-ins: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

  • 28 days ago
  • 123 views

At the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao weigh-ins, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao both easily made weight Friday evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. read news >>

Daniel Cormier overcame bullying by learning how to wrestle

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Daniel Cormier reflects on his struggle with bullies at a younger age and how wrestling helped him overcome the issue. The UFC have provided an enticing snippet read news >>

Daniel Cormier on Ryan Bader: I would kick his -ss on Friday before I fought on Saturday

  • 9 days ago
  • 6 views

LAS VEGAS – According to UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, there’s no animosity between him and Ryan Bader – it’s just he wishes his would-be opponent would stay off Twitter.Filed under read news >>

Trending News

Top News

Jump to: