MENU
#Cris Cyborg #Conor McGregor #UFC 211 #Angela Magana #Bellator 179 #Nate Diaz #Rory MacDonald #Paul Daley #Jon Jones #UFC 202


daniel-cormier-12.jpgIf Daniel Cormier (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) defeats fellow heavyweight Roy Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in UFC 166's co-main event, he’s planning to ask for a title shot at light heavyweight.

Cormier, who confirmed the plans with FUEL TV’s Ariel Helwani on “UFC Tonight,” will ask to “cut the line” to get an immediate shot at the 205-pound belt.

UFC 166, which takes place Oct. 19 at Houston’s Toyota Center, marks Cormier’s final fight at heavyweight, a division in which he won a Strikeforce world grand prix before topping ex-champ Frank Mir in his UFC debut earlier this year.

Cormier has long discussed his planned move down to light heavyweight, and he started a gradual weight cut even before the bout with Mir, which marked the two-time Olympian’s 12th consecutive MMA win. It also moved him to No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings (as well as No. 15 in the pound-for-pound rankings).

As he previously told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Cormier has his reasons for the slow and methodical approach to the weight cut. If he can comfortably get down to 220 pounds and make that his walking-around weight, he shouldn’t have trouble competing at light heavyweight, he said. After kidney issues caused by weight-cutting cut short his Olympic wrestling career, Cormier vowed he wouldn’t rush the process.

A shot at the light-heavyweight belt, which would allow Cormier to avoid a fight with reigning UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, could come against either champ Jon Jones or challenger Alexander Gustafsson, who meet in September’s UFC 165 headliner.

For the latest on UFC 166, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

Watch Matt Hamill rip through fellow UFC vet Luiz Cane in 38 seconds for first win since 2012

  • 24 days ago
  • 890 views

Matt Hamill is still competing in professional MMA, and on Friday, “The Hammer” picked up his first win in nearly five years. Filed under: News, Videos read news >>

Daniel Cormier demands Jon Jones accepts UFC 214 rematch: 'It's my rules, I'm the champ now'

  • 26 days ago
  • 82 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier made it clear: He calls the shots when it comes to the belt, and he demands Jon Jones skip a tune-up fight and face him upon his return.Filed under: Feat read news >>

UFC Champ Daniel Cormier Tells Jon Jones It's Now or Never | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 66 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is tired of waiting around for Jon Jones. He's laid down an ultimatum, it's now or never. read news >>

Titan FC launches new pro-am tournament series, 'Tournament of Titans,' to stream on UFC Fight Pass

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

Titan FC is partnering with fellow Florida-based brand Xtreme Fighting Nation to create a new tournament series, entitled “Titan FC Presents the XFN Tournament of Titans.”Filed under: News read news >>

UFC 211 Inside the Octagon: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 8 views

John Gooden and Dan Hardy break down the co-main event between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 going down on Saturday in Dallas. read news >>

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

  • 12 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 >>

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

  • 10 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 gives reasonable take on McGregor-Mayweather and the MMA vs. boxing debate

  • 15 days ago
  • 144 views

UFC champ Daniel Cormier said it’s only fair to be realistic when discussing the reality of what would happen if even the best MMA fighter entered a boxing ring and vice versa.Filed under: Featured, read news >>

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

  • 11 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 >>

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

  • 11 days ago
  • 5 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 >>