Daniel Cormier has been constructing his move from heavyweight down to light heavyweight for quite some time.
He’s currently in the midst of working his way down to 205 pounds, planning to fight one more time at heavyweight before making the drop. And there seems to be no shortage of opponents for him before he finally debuts at light heavyweight.
UFC president Dana White recently confirmed that Fabricio Werdum asked him to fight Cormier after Werdum defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his most recent fight.
Cormier said he was fine with that fight, but White may have other plans for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion.
White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that he is currently in negotiations with Roy Nelson for a new contract. Nelson fulfilled his last contract with a loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 in June.
White told Iold, “If he re-signs Nelson in time, he plans to pair him with Daniel Cormier at UFC 166 on the Velasquez-dos Santos III undercard.”
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos III is slated for Oct. 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston. The rubber match between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos headlines the fight card.