It wasn’t long ago when there was talk that Daniel Cormier might be tapped for an immediate title shot at 205, provided he defeats Roy Nelson at UFC 166. The theory being that since Cormier is one of the UFC’s top heavyweights already, and has a growing beef with champion Jon Jones, it’s a fight that makes sense. Well, since then, Jones has made it abundantly clear he has no intention of signing off on a “DC” title shot just yet. In addition, due to the fact Jones is set to fight Glover Teixeira sometime in early 2014, and possibly Alexander Gustafsson one more time after that, Cormier clearly will need to fight in the interim.
So, has any of this changed the decorated wrestler’s plans in terms of moving to light-heavyweight? Since he won’t get a title shot right off the bat? While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, here is some of what Cormier had to say about the subject.
“I’m still going to do it. I’ve already started to lose weight and keep an eye on the division,” said Cormier, who is coming off a UD win over Frank Mir in April. “Things can always change with a great performance. As we’ve seen in the past, a guy can put himself in the position that he probably didn’t think he had before if he can do something unexpected in a fight or look really good in a fight.
“So no, [the Jones-Gustafsson situation] doesn’t determine (anything). I think it’s the weight class that I’m going to fight in from now on and for the foreseeable future.”
It will be interesting to see who the UFC taps to fight Cormier first at 205, and to see how he looks at the new weight. When you consider that men like Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira could be available in early 2014, there are plenty of compelling possibilities.
First things first, however, is “Big Country.” UFC 166 will go down October 19th in Houston, Texas.
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