Although it’s only been a few days since Daniel Cormier closed the book on his heavyweight run (for now) at UFC 166, the MMA world continues to discuss and speculate about who “DC” will fight in his light-heavyweight debut. Of course, it seemed like most folks were on board with the idea that he should fight Alexander Gustafsson next, but it doesn’t sound like Cormier’s interested in heading to Sweden to fight “The Mauler.”
So, if not Gustafsson then who? Considering Cormier is a ridiculously talented fighter and the promotion’s #2 ranked heavyweight, obviously he needs to fight a top contender at 205. Well, in the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, here’s what Cormier had to say about his next opponent.
“I want the fights that matter, that I need if I’m going to fight for the title. Moving to 205, I wanted to fight for the title. I want big fights. Give me Lil’ Nog. I want big fights that will make me a contender.”
Mr. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira huh? “Minotoro” is the UFC’s #5 ranked light-heavyweight and is coming off a UD win over Rashad Evans, so that could be a bout the UFC might get behind. And is Cormier pretty dead set against heading overseas to fight Gustafsson? When asked by correspondent Ariel Helwani, the decorated wrestler didn’t change his tune.
“I have no problem fighting Alexander Gustafsson, but my concern is Alexander is going to fight in Europe somewhere next. I don’t want to make my first cut down to 205 oversees. I need food here in the US. I would fight him, but I’d rather not do it overseas.”
Guess we’ll probably find out soon who Cormier will fight next. Other than “Lil Nog” the only top five ranked light-heavyweights not currently booked for fights are Gustafsson and Phil Davis.
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