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Daniel Cormier in line for immediate title-shot at 205 pounds if so desired

Jon-Jones - MMAWEEKLYThis weekend, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will put his gold up for grabs against massive underdog Chael Sonnen – a contender who earned his crack at the belt through bravado rather than success in the Octagon. Assuming Jones exits the effort with his title-reign intact, the UFC has a few options to serve up as his next challenger including Lyoto Machida and Alexander Gustafsson. However, it looks like he could end up fighting another opponent who, like Sonnen, hasn’t done anything of note at 205 pounds.

According to UFC President Dana White, undersized heavyweight Daniel Cormier will receive serious consideration for the slot if he decides to move down as has been teased in the past.

“He could drop to 205 and get a shot at the title, in my opinion, on day one. Look at the guys he’s beat at heavyweight,” said White to a group of media this week in New York City, providing some insight on his rationale as well. “I actually prefer him at 205. This heavyweight division isn’t like other heavyweight divisions. And in saying that, he beat Josh Barnett. That’s a big deal. I just don’t think he has the punching power at heavyweight that he’d have at 205.”

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At 5’11, Cormier is one of the smallest heavyweights on the UFC roster and will still give up size to Jones if the two ever lock horns. The 34-year old grappler has exited all twelve of his tilts with his hand raised including success against Antonio Silva and most recently Frank Mir.