Although Daniel Cormier could defeat another top ten ranked heavyweight when he fights Roy Nelson at UFC 166, and currently sits at #2 in the promotion’s division, the undefeated fighter continues to say he’ll be moving to light-heavyweight. Not only that, but the renowned wrestler has revealed that after he battles “Big Country” on October 19th, he’s going to call out the light-heavyweight champion. Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will have thrown down by then, as the two are scheduled to fight September 21st at UFC 165.
While Cormier has been saying for some time he plans to drop down to 205 pounds, and avoid a bout with his AKA teammate and heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, it was unclear how the cut to light-heavyweight was going. In the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, however, reporter Ariel Helwani relayed the following about Nelson’s new UFC deal and Cormier’s future plans:
“Roy signed a new nine-fight contract. He says he wants to fight five more years in the UFC, until he’s 42 years old, and end his career with the UFC. As for Daniel Cormier, he says he’s ecstatic about the fight. He told me when he beats Roy on October 19, he’s going to take the mic and ask for an immediate title fight at 205. He says this will be his last fight at heavyweight.”
Since Dana White has already gone on record saying Cormier could get a title shot “day one” after he moves to light-heavyweight, the 34 year-old certainly isn’t way out to a left field on this. Of course, men like Glover Teixeira and Lyoto Machida may have a problem with it, if they score wins in their upcoming bouts, and Cormier gets tapped for an immediate title shot.
UFC 166, which will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center, is promising to be a pretty interesting night.
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