Entering UFC on FOX 7 there was some debate on what heavyweight Daniel Cormier would do if victorious against Frank Mir. On one hand, Cormier’s unbeaten record and success against ranked opposition make him worthy of a crack at the championship; on the other, close friend and training partner Cain Velasquez currently holds the belt. Adding to the confusion, Cormier has also expressed interest in dropping down to 205 pounds to face similarly sized foes.
While Cormier did go on to beat Mir, outpointing the former title-holder, “DC” still isn’t sure what his next move will be. However, he’s certain it shouldn’t involve a go at gold based on his lackluster but effective approach to outpointing Mir.
“Even if they say you’re going to fight Cain Velasquez next, I don’t think that performance warranted a title-shot,” admitted Cormier to reporters at the post-fight press conference. “We’ll get together and figure it out. If they say, ‘Well Daniel, if your intention is to be a 205-pounder down the line and we need you to do it now,’ then I guess that’s what I need to do.”
MMAWeekly was on hand and able to capture Cormier’s remarks.
When asked to put a finger on his inability to pull the trigger against Mir, the 12-0 Cormier pointed to the experience of making a UFC debut on FOX unexpectedly sapped him of his energy.
“I’ve always laughed when Dana White said there’s jitters that come with this. But man, I was nervous today,” explained Cormier. “You want to do so well, and I didn’t fight the fight I wanted to. More than anything I got tired. I’ve never felt tired in a fight. I think it was my nerves. I went in there and fought as well as I could.”
Velasquez faces Antonio Silva in a little over a month. Though he’s a heavy favorite, if Velasquez stumbles it seems likely Cormier may reconsider his future prospects. Until then, fans will just have to wait with the comfort of knowing Cormier will be out to impress in his next outing regardless of who he faces.
PHOTO CREDIT – MMAWEEKLY/UFC