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Daniel Cormier Wants to Make 205 by Year’s End, But Plans to Fight His Way Out at Heavyweight

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Daniel Cormier and Antonio Silva StrikeforceStrikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier was one of the most anticipated UFC arrivals in recent memory.

He’s been extremely successful at heavyweight, amassing a spotless 12-0 professional record in mixed martial arts, but now has aspirations of fighting his way down to light heavyweight.

Cormier’s Octagon debut was a grinding victory over Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7, which only reinforced the idea that a drop to 205 pounds might be the best move for his future, especially considering his friend and teammate Cain Velasquez is the current UFC heavyweight champion.

Cormier and Velasquez had danced around the idea of having to one day fight each other until recently when Cormier committed to the idea of fighting in the light heavyweight division instead of just toying with the idea.

“The truth of the matter is when I am (moving to 205 pounds) now,” Cormier said in a recent group media interview. “It’s not when I do, if I am. It’s a matter of getting down there and doing it in the correct way.”

Cormier used to weigh near the top end of the 265-pound class, but fought Mir at 235 pounds. So doing it the correct way involves properly dieting to slowly shed the weight and continuing to fight along the way.

He hopes to join the light heavyweight class by the end of 2013, but with just 12 fights under his belt, Cormier doesn’t want to lose any valuable time in the Octagon. So he plans on taking at least one more heavyweight bout as his size diminishes.

“I wanna fight because I don’t want to sit on the shelf,” Cormier explained. “I went through 18 months with one fight after I fought Bigfoot (Silva) and broke my hand. I don’t want to be inactive.

“I’ve only been fighting for so long, and I lost a year with the broken hand injury.”

There have been several names bandied about for Cormier’s next opponent – Roy Nelson, the winner of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum, and others – but as far as Cormier is concerned, the who of the matter doesn’t make much difference, as long as he’s fighting a top guy.

“If it wasn’t (the winner of Nogueira and Werdum), then okay, it’ll be someone else,” he added.

“I just want to fight someone on the way out (of the heavyweight division).”

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  • shakejunt

    while it would be an interesting match seeing him vs werdum, i don’t think it’s gonna happen. with a win over nog, he’s really the only guy at hw coming off multiple wins and should be next in line.

    i’m thinking cormier gets nelson after he deals with stipe. assuming cormier wins, that’ll leave winner of browne-overeem to fight barnett should he beat mir?

    but i guess all of this depends on the timing and outcome of cain-jds III

    • troop

      I’m leaning more towards he’ll be fighting Werdum/Big Nog winner

  • Cereal Killer

    I’m dropping down, I’m stay at HW, I’m dropping down… make up your mind already! I don’t see his skills transitioning to the LHW division very well anyways.

    • barnettoo

      That’s the reason why he is debating. Cormier is a small HW that relies on his explosiveness against bigger slower opponents.

      Not really sure if he would have the speed advantage at LHW. And the fatigue from cutting the weight could affect him.

      Contrary to what some MMA fans believe, you can’t simply cut weight (even fat) to become a leaner meaner machine at a lower weight class. There is so much more to going down a weight class than…”oh..this guy is top 5 at HW..therefore he would be #1 at LHW.” It doesn’t work that way.

  • Baller31

    Dude…just shut up, cut the weight already and fight at LHW. Dropping weight, especially fat, is a whole lot easier and a quicker process than adding muscle. With how long he has been talking about dropping a weight class..he could already be there.

  • radical3383

    He should stay at HW. HW is the easiest division to fight in. he will lose at LHW. i know another fighter who stayed for years at HW. once he fought some LHW bouts he lost that near perfect record.

  • steve Pestano

    This guy is kind of a joke! he says he doesn’t want to fight Cain Velasquez because he doesn’t want to see Cain getting hurt! Give me a break Cain would not be hurt, fighting this guy he will be made mince meat out of him. he is full of himself, is he a fighter?? in the 205 he will be put out fast by Glover texeira before he meets Jones, will see this guy getting a real fight soon,

  • McArthur Brookings

    Cormier could beat Dos Santos & Cain on the same day.

  • Sir_Roy

    I agree with most posters. The top echelon of the LHW division would eat Cormier for lunch, then spit out all the fatty bits. He should stay at HW. He’s a small HW, but he nonetheless has the size to hang there (his low wrestling base helps him against the taller bigger opponents), and his relatively smaller size allows for a slight speed advantage to boot, one that Cormier enjoys. So yeah, I agree that HW is potentially the easiest “technical” division to find success in for Cormier.