Daniel Cormier Dialed In: “Roy Nelson Presents a Lot of Problems for Me” (UFC 166 Video)

October 15, 2013
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Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett StrikeforceHeavyweight contender and former Oklahoma State wrestling standout Daniel Cormier has long been a prospect to watch.  Since debuting at the ripe age of 30, the American Kickboxing Academy stalwart has quickly risen to the top of the divisional pecking order — a division currently being reigned over by teammate and friend Cain Velasquez.

Saturday, at UFC 166, Cormier meets heavyweight slugger and fan-favorite “Big Country” Roy Nelson.

Cormier, who has stated this will be his last fight at heavyweight before making a move to the light heavyweight division, sat down recently to speak with MMAWeekly’s Ryan McKinnell at his home gym in San Jose, Calif.

In this exclusive interview, D.C. talks about Nelson as an opponent, gives his thoughts on the fight to Save Olympic Wrestling for 2020, and briefly addresses some critical comments made by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

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  • Mark McDowall

    I think this fight will show everyone that Cormier has alot of holes in his game…I say Nelson 2nd/3rd round TKO

    • Lucas Freire

      I couldn’t disagree more. Cormier may have flaws on his game, but we all carry too much hope that Nelson give us a great fight. His fight against Miocic showcased how limited to blind haymakers he is. I think Cormier not only will win, but will outstrike and outwrestle Big Country.

      • Mark McDowall

        He’s 6-4 since coming to the UFC…all 6 wins via KO/TKO. Blind haymakers may just be a bit effective. And I agree the fight against Stipe was horrible and he should be ashamed of that performance…

        • Lucas Freire

          But none of these guys he defeated had the pedigree of Cormier, nor were wise strategists that followed any gameplan whatsoever. Every single fighter that did it avoided his huge punches and gave him a massacre like JdS and Werdum, or just outpointed like Miocic and Mir

          • Mark McDowall

            Wrestling pedigree I can agree with..but MMA pedigree no way in hell. Cormier has had 12 fights…and lets be real…his resume isn’t all that impressive so far. If he beats Nelson by doing more than lean up against him on the fence like he did to Mir then I will be impressed.

          • Texas beast.

            What are talking about? He schooled josh Barnett! Flipped over his head !!!! Cormier is going take Roy down until her gets tired!!!

          • Mark McDowall

            Schooling Barnett….5-10 years ago that would have been something to brag about…2013…not so much. Barnett hasn’t exactly been fighting alot of big names lately. Brett Rogers…Geronimo Dos Santos…Sergei Kharitonov…Nandor Guelmino…I could go on…but lets be real even when he was in his prime he wasn’t that great. Beaten by CroCop 3 times, Big Nog, Pedro Rizzo…

            Oh thats right he beat Randy Cotoure for the HW weightbelt??…but wasnt that the same fight where afterwards he was stripped of the belt because he tested positive for a SEVERAL banned substances.

            At this point beating Barnett isn’t exactly an accomplishment…neither is Cormier beating Mir by leaning on him against the cage for 15 minutes…

          • Lucas Freire

            How come beating Mir isn’t an accomplishment when Nelson wasn’t able to do it?

          • Mark McDowall

            Because Mir should have retired already. Calling him a gate keeper is being polite

          • Lucas Freire

            As gatekeeper he plays the role of defining who is a solid top10 fighter and who isn’t. Nelson lost.

          • Hugh Shakeshaft

            Your comment reminds me of how shallow the HW division is.

          • Lucas Freire

            He won against Monson and Mir. Guys who previously defeated Nelson. He steamrolled Barnett, who is a top HW since forever. He defeated Bigfoot with a huge KO.
            I know there’s no such thing as MMAthematics, but I really don’t see what Nelson could possibly do other than land a punch on the first round. And I stress the “first round”. He gassed against Miocic just by having to go after them, imagine how he’ll be if Cormier takes him down and GnP him for a whole round.

    • The guest of guests

      Nelson will show that Cormier can be put under pressure, but Cormier will prevail.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      DC will break his hand again.

  • robc

    If anyone should move to LHW, it is Nelson… His height and reach are sub standard against current LHW fighters. Shave off his 50 pound beer gut and he would be a devastating LHW fighter. That chin, ground game and KO power would give him a much better shot at a title run then he could ever hope for at HW. Mind you he seems to have no interest in ever getting in shape (and given he wrestled at 190 pounds at one point, he could conceivably do it). Waste of talent…

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      The only thing between Big Country and a LHW belt is pulled pork.

  • Steve Wilson

    A cigar to robc. Hes right.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    DC will win this fight, BC is a total long shot for this one. That said, I’m a Big Country fan.

  • Harold Gagne