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Dana White sees Daniel Cormier’s future involving the light heavyweight division

CormierUFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier has gone 11-0 in the division including impressive wins over the likes of Jeff Monson, Josh Barnett, and Antonio Silva. However, in the opinion of UFC President Dana White, the former Olympian would be even more dominant at 205 pounds considering Cormier is only 5’11” and weighed in at 230 pounds for his most recent rumble.

Though White won’t tell Cormier where to compete, he feels the Strikeforce Grand Prix winner’s friendship with teammate and UFC champion Cain Velasquez will dictate the necessity of a drop down as Cormier himself has hinted at in the past.

“I want him wherever he wants to be. I just think that’s where he’s going to end up. The relationship with Cain – he’s Cain’s wrestling coach. I think that’s what they’re going to have to do. They’re going to have him go to 205,” said White to reporters after the conclusion of UFC on Fuel 7. “At 205 (pounds), I think he’d be a beast.”

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“Or who knows? Maybe they will fight,” White continued, leaving the door open for the possibility of Velasquez/Cormier putting their personal ties aside for professional glory. “Maybe they’ll say, ‘We’re pros, here. We can fight.’ I don’t think so, but I’m just saying – maybe.”

Cormier is set to make his UFC debut on April 20 at UFC on FOX 7 where he’ll face Frank Mir. In addition to wanting action against Mir, the 33-year old has spoken about his interest in an outing against light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones on multiple occasions, making White’s words even more relevant in terms of the likelihood of Cormier tussling at 205 pounds.

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5 COMMENTS
  • darth_irritable says:

    That’ll be the Meniere’s talking.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’m definitely not sold on the idea of Cormier moving down to 205. He’d still need to shed 10%+ of his body weight to make weight, and he’s gone thru the prior health scare from cutting weight during his wrestling days. He could probably make it happen, but then how much does it affect his strength, endurance and overall performance as a fighter?

    Jones obviously has a strong wrestling pedigree himself, and he’ll have a 13.5″ reach advantage if he faces Cormier. I’d favor JBJ right now, even if DC was allowed to fight him at his current weight, so once we factor in what DC would have to do in order to get down to 205 I’m just not as intrigued by the matchup as many seem to be.

    All that being said, I can understand the logic. DC turns 34 next month, and Cain figures to hold the belt for the next year or so (beating Big Foot again and then facing another challenger after that). So the clock is definitely ticking for DC to make a title run, and if Cain is off the table then he might have to set his sights on 205.

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  • MCM says:

    Cormier has already said that he’s going down to 205 after the Mir fight, win or lose. He’s no bigger than most LHW’s now at 230lb so I don’t see what the big deal is.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Forrest cut from around 230/240 lbs so it shouldnt be a problem. All I know is if DC get his hands him it might just some real bad news for Bones Jones

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    judt be some real bad news.
    damn phone

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