Daniel Cormier still doesn’t have an opponent booked for what could be his last fight at heavyweight, and although Roy Nelson is coming off a one sided loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161, the #2 ranked heavyweight wants to battle “Big Country.”
Cormier recently spoke with MMA Fighting.com about his future plans, and the decorated wrestler was pretty clear about who he wants to fight next (even if Nelson is currently a free agent).
“Roy and I still have some unfinished business,” Cormier said. “I hope he re-signs with the UFC, so we can settle what he started two months ago.”
“I want to find a way to give him a pass for his performance against Stipe since he took that fight on such short notice. In my eyes, that loss didn’t do much to diminish his place in the UFC heavyweight division.”
That “unfinished business” is tied to a media call where Nelson claimed Cormier may have turned down a chance to fight him, and after Cormier relayed he would kick the heavyweight’s “ass” for Dana White. The UFC President isn’t a big fan of Nelson, which is why some folks aren’t expecting “Big Country” to resign with the promotion, even though White says they’ll negotiate with the heavyweight.
Cormier also noted that he would like to fight Nelson at UFC 166 on October 19th, in Houston. That’s the same night his teammate and heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez will fight Junior dos Santos.
While this match-up has some history behind it, Fabricio Werdum’s recent request to fight Cormier also makes a ton of sense, considering “Vai Cavalo” is currently ranked #3.