Daniel Cormier Wants to Fight at First UFC on FS1 in Boston; Talk of Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Cools

May 20, 2013
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Daniel CormierDaniel Cormier recently revealed that he would remain at heavyweight, at the very minimum, for his next fight.

The UFC has yet to schedule Cormier’s next bout, but the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner on Saturday night made clear when he would like to fight again.

“I want to fight on the first card on FOX Sports 1 in Boston on Aug. 17,” he declared during Fuel TV’s UFC on FX 8 post-fight coverage. “And I hope my man Chael Sonnen is fighting Wanderlei Silva next to me. Put us on the card, boss!”

The timeline for Boston would make sense for Cormier, considering he is fresh off of a unanimous decision victory over Frank Mir on April 20 at UFC on Fox 7.

Roy Nelson has been mentioned as a possible next opponent, but the UFC has not made any official comment on what is next for Cormier.

His intent, however, is to continue fighting at heavyweight, continuing to gain experience, while working his way down to light heavyweight.

“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 MMAWeekly.com official content Bleacher Report recently.

“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.”

Sonnen had been heavily lobbying for a fight with Wanderlei Silva, but after goading the former Pride champion with little response, talk of that fight has cooled.

Sonnen, during the same UFC on FX 8 post-fight show, was also asked what was next for him. He had little to reveal, but used the opportunity to take another jab at Silva.

“At some point my skills will diminish and my athletic abilities will go down. And when they do, I’ll either join the NFL or fight Wanderlei Silva. But at this point I’m looking ahead and I don’t know what’s next.”

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  • tyrone

    I like cormier alot, but big countries chin is proven and his punch is also.i believe big country kos cain, if given chance.dana protects cain and silva for some reason by giving cain someone hes already destroyed .the fans want to see big country vs cain.

  • robc

    Really? Cain stood with Junior Dos Santos for 5 rounds, Dos Santos being the guy that turned Nelson into a punching bag. Also Cain had no difficulty picking up and putting down Brock who I expect weighs even more than Nelson. As such Cain will be able to take the fight where ever he chooses. Nelson has great one shot power but then again so does Dos Santos. All around bad fight for Nelson. Nelson vs. Mark Hunt would be awesome or even Travis Browne or Bigfoot. Would be fun to watch vs. Overeem as well (although his reach would make it a tough go). Cain beats every heavyweight in the UFC currently. Only Dos Santos has a shot or possibly Cormier (although they will not fight).