Daniel Cormier on Roy Nelson Fight: “It’s Going to be a Tough Fight”

October 18, 2013
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Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier will fight for the final time as a heavyweight at UFC 166 when he faces Roy Nelson in the co-main event in Houston on Saturday. Following the fight, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion will drop down to the light heavyweight division.

Before signing with the UFC, Cormier expressed his desire to transition to the 205-pound weight class and challenge champion Jon Jones for the title. Despite his intention of leaving the heavyweight division, the former Olympic wrestler isn’t looking too far ahead, or past Nelson.

“As a professional athlete, you can’t look past anyone,” Cormier told MMAWeekly.com. “Roy Nelson could put me out with one punch. I’m fully aware of that. Roy Nelson could submit me. Roy Nelson could put me in a crucifix as he did everyone else on The Ultimate Fighter. I’ve been watching him since then.”

The undefeated Cormier has stated that he wants an immediate title shot when he drops down to light heavyweight, but has backed off those comments recently. Immediate title shot or not, all of his plans in the light heavyweight division go up in smoke if he loses to Nelson, and Cormier expects a tough fight.

“I think it’s a great match-up. He presents a lot of problems for me because he’s my size. He’s not tall, so he’s going to be a little harder to take down,” said the 34-year-old athlete. “He’s got very good jiu-jitsu which will balance out my wrestling. And not only does he do that well, he gets up very well, so I will have to be in better shape because if I’m going to take him down I’m going to have do it over and over again, and he’s durable.

“He presents a lot of problems. It’s going to be a tough fight for me,” added Cormier.

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  • Lucas Freire

    You can retire as a top MMA fighter if you’re not in better shape than Roy Nelson.

  • Mark McDowall

    I find it funny how his comments went from “Im going to beat him easily etc etc” a few weeks/months ago…to now its “He presents problems to me, he will be a tought opponent”. I think someone might be a little bit nervous…

  • Marc Livingood

    I think Cormier has been very lucky i say that because in his last 4 fights i thought his opposition fought poorly. I saw in each match where with one little adjustment they could have one. Frank mir looked horrible and in the third round he had Cormier hurt and just stood there. I think Roy is sneaky Cormier will have to rush in and go for an immediate take down because he will not stand with Roy. However Roy is fast and stocky and will be waiting for the take down a small uppercut followed by an over hand right and Cormier will finally be out of the picture.