UFC 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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