Before UFC 165 last month, there was speculation that Daniel Cormier’s first bout at light-heavyweight could be against Jon Jones, provided he gets by Roy Nelson at UFC 166. Dana White relayed it was a possibility, and considering the #2 ranked heavyweight already has a rivalry with Jones, the match-up made sense.
Since then, however, Jones has insisted he has no intention of giving Cormier a shot at the belt in his first scrap at 205 pounds. Not only that, but the champion is set to fight Glover Teixeira next (possibly in March), and then he’ll rematch Alexander Gustafsson after (provided everything plays out accordingly). So in other words, even if Cormier did get an immediate title shot, it likely wouldn’t happen until the end of 2014.
While speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, Cormier was asked whether he’s considered changing his plans in terms of the drop, since it’s pretty clear he’ll have to fight a contender, or two, first.
“I’m still going to do it. I’ve already started to lose weight and keep an eye on the division,” said Cormier. “Things can always change with a great performance. As we’ve seen in the past, a guy can put himself in the position that he probably didn’t think he had before if he can do something unexpected in a fight or look really good in a fight.
“So no, [the Jones-Gustafsson situation] doesn’t determine (anything). I think it’s the weight class that I’m going to fight in from now on and for the foreseeable future.”
Thankfully there is no shortage of accomplished vets for Cormier to fight at light-heavyweight, as bouts versus the likes of Phil Davis, Dan Henderson, and Rashad Evans, among others, would all be big draws.
Up next, however, is Nelson, who would love to hand Cormier his first defeat. UFC 166 will be hosted by Houston’s Toyota Center on October 19th.
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