UFC star Daniel Cormier is in a unique position of being an undersized heavyweight with an unblemished record who is uninterested in action against current champion Cain Velasquez (also his close friend/training partner). As such, Cormier is planning to move down to light heavyweight but wants to fight one more time before the final dip to 205 pounds.
Fabricio Werdum, also a title-contender, recently emerged as a frontrunner in terms of Cormier’s next clash after meeting with UFC President Dana White to lobby for the tilt. And, as Cormier revealed in an interview with MMAJunkie, he’d be more than happy to oblige Werdum’s request.
“Why not? He asked to fight me,” said Cormier. “I just need a date and know when I’m fighting.”
Win or lose, Cormier’s intent is to chase after the belt around Jon Jones’ waist, though not “Bones” specifically as it turns out even though both have thrown verbal jabs at one another through various forms of media over the past six months.
“It’s not about him; it’s about me trying to be the champion and without fighting Cain Velasquez,” explained Cormier. “But if the champion is still Jon – and I don’t see anyone actually beating him – then why not test yourself against the best in the world?”
Cormier is 12-0 with past wins over Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, and most recently Frank Mir. Likewise, the 17-5-1 Werdum has beaten a number of notable foes as well including Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.