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Thread: Daniel Cormier Opts to Remain at Heavyweight, Hoping for UFC Fight in July or August

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    Daniel Cormier Opts to Remain at Heavyweight, Hoping for UFC Fight in July or August | MMAWeekly.com

    While a move to 205 pounds still seems likely for Cormier’s future, it appears that he will be sticking around at heavyweight for at least another fight or two.

    “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 Bleacher Report. “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.”

    The plan for Cormier right now is to book his next fight at heavyweight while he’s making the transition down to the smaller weight class. The key, according to the former Olympian, is to cut the weight slowly, but surely without sacrificing too much time inside the cage.

    “Yeah because it keeps me busy, I’m still getting to fight and still gaining experience,” Cormier said about staying at heavyweight for now. “At the end of the day, I’m still very early in my career.”

    One fight that has been mentioned by UFC President Dana White is Cormier taking on former Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson sometime later this year. While Nelson and his management have varying ideas on what comes next, Cormier doesn’t really care much if he faces him or another top ten fighter.

    Cormier’s focus is facing the best fighters in the division and if the name on his contract reads Roy Nelson then so be it.

    “I think any fight that involves someone on that higher rank makes sense,” Cormier stated. “Any of the higher ranked guys make sense. Also a guy that’s coming off a win. It’s very important if you look at the UFC matchmaking that’s how it goes. Two guys coming off wins make fights. I think any fight with a guy that’s ranked high and advances my career makes sense. I just want to fight big fights.”

    Cormier took a week off after his last fight against Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 to take his family to Disneyland, but immediately after he was right back in the gym sparring with Velasquez to help him get ready for his fight at UFC 160 against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

    The move to light heavyweight will begin as well with Cormier adjusting his diet and dropping the weight over the next several months, but he doesn’t want to accept a fight at 205 pounds unless he knows he will make the cut comfortably.
    “They’re not beating Cain. They’re not good enough,” Cormier said about the heavyweight division. “I’m telling you right now, I think they’re great, I think Junior dos Santos is great. I think Junior dos Santos has the best chance of beating Cain, but the rest they’re not beating him. They’re not good enough. It’s about as honest as I can be with you – they’re not good enough to beat him.”

    In terms of his timeline for a return to action, Cormier doesn’t want to sit out too long, which also necessitates his next fight being at heavyweight. Cormier had to miss a lot of time over the last couple of years due to an injured hand and plenty of delays at his former promotional home in Strikeforce. At 34 years of age, Cormier doesn’t want to waste any time, so the sooner he can get back in action, the better.

    “When I look at some of these cards you look at the July card Anderson Silva and (Chris) Weidman, I think they need a co-main event. Then in August that Fox Sports 1 card, that would be pretty cool,” stated Cormier. “Any of the big cards I would love to be a part of.”
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    So he just said he can't fight at 205. But wasn't there talk he might... From him... Calling out jones? I might be way off but I thought that was a thing? Why call out the champion of a weight class you can't even get to. Granted it sounds like he said " I could do it really slowly, but I can't do it." Ehhh. Less talk more fighting. I like the guys that just say "I'll fight whoever they put in front me."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rspier View Post
    So he just said he can't fight at 205. But wasn't there talk he might... From him... Calling out jones? I might be way off but I thought that was a thing? Why call out the champion of a weight class you can't even get to. Granted it sounds like he said " I could do it really slowly, but I can't do it." Ehhh. Less talk more fighting. I like the guys that just say "I'll fight whoever they put in front me."
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    Quote Originally Posted by roaddawg View Post
    Jones is coming to him.
    Eventually sure. I just thought he was talking as he was going down... What with Dana talking an immediate title shot if he dropped and all.

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    Rspier: He said he can't drop the weight quickly/ healthy so he'll take fights at HW until he can safely make the 205 weight class

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    Fight in July or August really limits potential opponents of merit, unless Werdum moonwalks past Nog without a scratch.

    Nelson works, but it appears his people don't want him breaking his win streak.

    Travis Browne would be a wonky fight to see size-wise, ditto Overeem.

    PS, when the fuck is Overeem due back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbrewer View Post
    Rspier: He said he can't drop the weight quickly/ healthy so he'll take fights at HW until he can safely make the 205 weight class
    Thanks for clearing that up. Don't know why I didn't read it that way... Long day I guess. Either way it doesn't sound like he'll move down to me... They should just talk when it's happening, until them find this man a hw opponent... He needs a little redeeming(to me) after that Mir fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rspier View Post
    Eventually sure. I just thought he was talking as he was going down... What with Dana talking an immediate title shot if he dropped and all.
    I'm sure DW could talk them into meeting at a safe catch weight if he really wanted to rush this. In all honesty though Jones shouldn't get DC until he fights Machida first.
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    I'd like to see jones at hw, I just don't see many real challenges for him at lhw...

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    If Jones can still defend his belt twice a year I don't have a problem with him taking a HW fight a year. Than when the UFC would offer a HW title fight at least he would have a few HW fights under his belt.

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