MENU
#Fight Night Stockholm #Alexander Gustafsson #Glover Teixeira #Colosseum #Conor McGregor #Marcin Held #Volkan Oezdemir #Damir Hadzovic #Mariusz Pudzianowski #Dynasty of Heroes #Nordine Taleb #Oliver Enkamp #Jack Hermansson #Alex Nicholson #Reza Madadi


Courtesy of Damon Martin and official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report.

Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett StrikeforceThe entire MMA world has been wondering since the conclusion of UFC on Fox 7 if Daniel Cormier‘s future in the Octagon would remain at heavyweight or if he would be making the move down to 205 pounds.

Cormier has long flirted with the idea of dropping down to the light heavyweight division for a number of reasons, maybe none more paramount than the fact that his close friend and teammate Cain Velasquez currently sits as UFC heavyweight champion and the two fighters have no desire to face one another in the cage.

Add to that, Cormier’s frame at 5’10? tall tends to match him up better with fighters in the light heavyweight division.

While a move to 205 pounds still seems likely for Cormier’s future, it appears that he will be sticking around at heavyweight for at least another fight or two.

“I always thought if I were to go down I would need a lot of time to do it.  I think that still applies, but I would like to still fight,” Cormier told Bleacher Report.   “At the end of the day I can’t cut massive amounts of weight.  That’s well documented from my problems in the Olympic games.  But I can diet, and when I’m dieting I can still fight.  Can I fight at 205? No.  Because it’s too much weight to cut in a short period of time.  But could I fight a heavyweight fight and just be a little lighter? I think so.”

The plan for Cormier right now is to book his next fight at heavyweight while he’s making the transition down to the smaller weight class.  The key, according to the former Olympian, is to cut the weight slowly, but surely without sacrificing too much time inside the cage.

“Yeah because it keeps me busy, I’m still getting to fight and still gaining experience,” Cormier said about staying at heavyweight for now.  “At the end of the day, I’m still very early in my career.”

One fight that has been mentioned by UFC President Dana White is Cormier taking on former Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson sometime later this year.  While Nelson and his management have varying ideas on what comes next, Cormier doesn’t really care much if he faces him or another top ten fighter.

Cormier’s focus is facing the best fighters in the division and if the name on his contract reads Roy Nelson then so be it.

“I think any fight that involves someone on that higher rank makes sense,” Cormier stated.   “Any of the higher ranked guys make sense.  Also a guy that’s coming off a win. It’s very important if you look at the UFC matchmaking that’s how it goes.  Two guys coming off wins make fights.  I think any fight with a guy that’s ranked high and advances my career makes sense.  I just want to fight big fights.”

Cormier took a week off after his last fight against Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 to take his family to Disneyland, but immediately after he was right back in the gym sparring with Velasquez to help him get ready for his fight at UFC 160 against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

The move to light heavyweight will begin as well with Cormier adjusting his diet and dropping the weight over the next several months, but he doesn’t want to accept a fight at 205 pounds unless he knows he will make the cut comfortably.

The end goal for Cormier is to win a UFC championship and right now the best way to do that is fighting at light heavyweight.  The former Strikeforce fighter doesn’t intend on fighting Velasquez, and in his opinion the current UFC champion will remain in possession of the gold for quite some time.

“They’re not beating Cain.  They’re not good enough,” Cormier said about the heavyweight division.  “I’m telling you right now, I think they’re great, I think Junior dos Santos is great.  I think Junior dos Santos has the best chance of beating Cain, but the rest they’re not beating him.  They’re not good enough.  It’s about as honest as I can be with you – they’re not good enough to beat him.”

In terms of his timeline for a return to action, Cormier doesn’t want to sit out too long, which also necessitates his next fight being at heavyweight.  Cormier had to miss a lot of time over the last couple of years due to an injured hand and plenty of delays at his former promotional home in Strikeforce.  At 34 years of age, Cormier doesn’t want to waste any time, so the sooner he can get back in action, the better.

“When I look at some of these cards you look at the July card Anderson Silva and (Chris) Weidman, I think they need a co-main event. Then in August that Fox Sports 1 card, that would be pretty cool,” stated Cormier.  “Any of the big cards I would love to be a part of.”

Check out more UFC coverage from official MMAWeekly.com content partner Bleacher Report and Damon Martin.

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

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

Related News

One more time: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones title rematch set for UFC 214 on July 29

  • 16 days ago
  • 8 views

The UFC will once again will tempt fate by booking a rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones. This time it’s teed up for the main event of UFC 2 read news >>

Long Island's own Chris Weidman set for UFC on FOX 25 vs. Kelvin Gastelum in July

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Chris Weidman’s admirable commitment to only fighting the best competition available will continue at UFC on FOX 25 in July.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones Fight Rematch Announced for UFC 214

  • 16 days ago
  • 6 views

The UFC announced Friday that light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will face Jon "Bones" Jones in the main event of UFC 214. It will mark the second meeting between Cormier and Jones, as Jones w read news >>

Michael Johnson training for July return, hopes to fight at UFC 213

  • 25 days ago
  • 6 views

Three months ago, UFC lightweight Michael Johnson sat for an in-studio interview with MMAjunkie Radio and haggled for a big fight.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones Get Heated in Confirming Their UFC 214 Bout | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 42 views

As expected, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will rematch at UFC 214 on July 29, but the fight announcement wasn't exactly a smooth rollout. read news >>

Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones get heated backstage and onstage at 'UFC Summer Kickoff' event

  • 16 days ago
  • 22 views

Despite an endless parade of delays, cancellations and unforeseen circumstances, the hatred between UFC lightweight heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former champ Jon Jones appears to be runnin read news >>

Daniel Cormier Rips Jon Jones, Citing UFC Star's Legal Issues, Failed Drug Tests

  • 18 days ago
  • 47 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier went off on rival Jon "Bones" Jones on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with TMZ. Cormier said Jones wasn't a good guy and ripped him for his past leg read news >>

'Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series' debuts July 11 on UFC Fight Pass with 5 live fights a week

  • 16 days ago
  • 13 views

After the success of the online series “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight,” the UFC president has a new show set to debut this summer. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dana White Couldn't Be a Bigger Believer in New UFC Owner | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 39 views

When UFC former owners sold the fight promotion in July 2016 for $4.2 billion to WME–IMG, the promotion's longtime president, Dana White, was distraught. read news >>

Danny Roberts vs. Bobby Nash latest ticketed for UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

The UFC’s return to Scotland in July continues to build with the addition of a welterweight fight. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>