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Cormier Staying At Heavyweight For Now

Daniel Cormier

Since Daniel Cormier worked his way to a clear cut, unanimous decision win over Frank Mir last month, there’s been no shortage of speculation regarding what the rising heavyweight will do next. Yes, calling out Jon Jones has a way of doing that. While Cormier recently stated he was still considering a move to light-heavyweight, the Strikeforce Grand-Prix winner has announced that his next bout will be at heavyweight.

In an interview with Bleacher, the decorated wrestler and undefeated fighter said:

“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.  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 34 year-old Cormier added that fighting on “some of these cards” in July and August, specifically the UFC on FOX Sports 1 event in Boston, would be “pretty cool.” In terms of an opponent, the AKA fighter says any of “higher ranked” heavyweights “makes sense.”

So, it looks like Cormier is still planning to move to 205 pounds, but don’t expect him to be throwing down with Jon Jones in the coming months. Cormier has always said his goal is to fight for a championship, and since his buddy Cain Velasquez is the reigning heavyweight champ, that fight isn’t going to happen.



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Article by Kelsey Mowatt


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