Dana White Expects Daniel Cormier to Move to 205 After Frank Mir Fight

February 19, 2013
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UFC president Dana White believes Daniel Cormier will drop down to the light heavyweight division following his UFC on Fox 7 fight with Frank Mir.

Cormier (11-0) is a former Olympic wrestler who made the transition into mixed martial arts in 2009.  He’s undefeated and won the 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.  He will make his UFC debut against former heavyweight titleholder Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez on April 20 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., and it may be his last fight as a heavyweight.

“At 205, I think he’d be a beast.  I want him whereever he wants to be.  I just think that is where he’s going to end up,” said White following UFC on Fuel TV 7 on Feb. 16.

Cormier trains alongside UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the American Kickboxing Academy, and the two have said they will not fight one another.  White cites the relationship with Velasquez as the reason he expects Cormier to drop weight classes.

“The relationship with Cain, he’s Cain’s wrestling coach.  I think that’s what they’re going to do.  I think they’re going to have him go to 205.”

“I would not fight (Daniel Cormier),” Velasquez said on a recent episode of UFC Tonight. “He’s my coach, teammate, and friend.”

Cormier indicated following his last fight on Jan. 12 that he plans on cutting down to the 205-pound division and has his sights set on titleholder Jon Jones.

“I’m gonna let Jon defend his belt on April 27 and then I’m gonna kick his ass in the fall,” said Cormier during his post-fight interview.

Jones welcomes the move, but is tired of hearing about it.

“You know, the guy is a tremendous athlete and I wish he would just do it and just stop talking about it,” Jones said about Cormier dropping weight classes when recently speaking to UFC Tonight. “I am open to fighting the best guys in the world.”

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  • bmc92

    in most cases i think its stupid that team mates wont fight eachother because alot of the time the best fighters in the world in their weight class end up on the same team because of the simple fact they are best teams but with cormier being cains coach i think its acceptable. now jones and silva saying they wont fight because they are friends is just stupid they are not even on the same team.

    • George Sperry

      They aren’t in the same weight class either.

      • bmc92

        ya but anderson can easily go to 205 not that i think he should move up a weight class but if he runs out of competition i would eventually like to see him fight jones and the excuse that they are friends isnt good enough imo.

  • b-soc

    Exactly. Its the fight business. I’d fight my brother for $5. A job is a job.

    • MMAFAN

      I’d pay you 5 bucks to watch you fight someone. Why not.

  • Marc Livingood

    Cormier has for some reason never been punched in the face or kicked fighters are so worried about being taken down that he has free reign with his own punches. Frank mir wont lay down if he does it will and should be his last fight I think it will be an upset. Mir by submission

    • Mir has been in the game so long and he’s still young. He’s so well rounded, his boxing is so crisp. This is actually a really good fight for both guys style wise.

  • J

    Cormier is his wrestling coach, they’re not just teammates. Yes, it’d be weird as hell fighting your wrestling coach.

    • bajafox

      That’s the part they don’t understand. They’re not just teammates, that’s his actual coach.

  • All the talk is about Cormier in Mir’s guard.
    When in fact, Mir gets owned standing, and cannot take Cormier down. Cormier wins this one.

  • Cormier will stay at HW and fight for the title if Big Foot beats Velaskes.

  • i love cormier to fight jones and as a fighter..but now toward the fight i hate his attitude i hate the guy, he’s so OVERconfident..he needs to remember that he’s going to fight former heavyweight champion and best submission heavyweight..Frank Mir.. he can’t predict the future..