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Daniel Cormier fighting at heavyweight…for now

Daniel-Cormier - MMAWEEKLY2Undersized UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier has made a decision on his immediate future when it comes to staking a divisional claim. Though the 5’11 fighter has considered dropping down to 205 pounds for a long time, the wait before doing so will be a little longer, as Cormier recently revealed the move would be too drastic to make without additional dieting.

“I always thought if I were to go down, I would need a lot of time to do it. I think that still applies, but I would like to still fight,” explained Cormier in a conversation with Bleacher Report. “At the end of the day I can’t cut massive amounts of weight. That’s well-documented from my problems in the Olympic games. But I can diet, and when I’m dieting I can still fight. Can I fight at 205? No. Because it’s too much weight to cut in a short period of time. But could I fight a heavyweight fight and just be a little lighter? I think so.”

As far as who Cormier wants to face in his next (and possibly final) heavyweight appearance, the 12-0 contender had a list of qualifications to offer rather than a specific name.

“I think any fight that involves someone on that higher rank makes sense. Any of the higher-ranked guys make sense. Also a guy that’s coming off a win. It’s very important if you look at the UFC matchmaking that’s how it goes,” said Cormier. “Two guys coming off wins make fights. I think any fight with a guy that’s ranked high and advances my career makes sense. I just want to fight big fights.”

Cormier is coming off a win over Frank Mir in his initial Octagon outing. He also owns past wins over opponents including Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett.

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