UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier has been very clear about his interest in dropping down to 205 pounds based on his 5’11” frame and friendship with divisional king Cain Velasquez . Now, the unbeaten contender has confirmed he’ll definitely make the dip after his UFC 166 showdown with Roy Nelson where plans on making two statements in the Octagon.
The first will come in the form of an impressive win over Nelson. The second, according to a report on UFC Tonight, will involve a plea for a pairing with the winner of a September scrap between champion Jon Jones and challenge Alexander Gustafsson during his post-fight victory speech.
If Cormier succeeds on taking out the always-tough “Big Country” it would ne hard to argue against his status as a challenger to the title. The former Olympian is 12-0 with success against the likes of Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, and Frank Mir. Eight of his victories have featured some form of finish.
UFC 166 is scheduled for October 19 in Houston, Texas and features Velasquez defending his belt against former champ Junior dos Santos.
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