Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier made his immediate impact felt in the UFC when he dominated former champion Frank Mir to improve his unbeaten record. While Cormier has yet to drop a match at heavyweight, there was a belief that he would drop to 205-pounds to make a run while his good friend and teammate Cain Velasquez continued to be the king at heavyweight.
However, an immediate move to light-heavyweight doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Cormier.
“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,” Cormier said, via 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.”
The plan for Cormier is to slowly cut down his weight while he remains at heavyweight. Eventually, he will be small enough that the weight cut to 205-pounds will not be too much for his 5-foot-10 frame.
Cormier can definitely make the weight, but it is going to take some time, so for now, fight fans everywhere should just appreciate Cormier for what he is — a dominant heavyweight contender that is going to be atop whatever weight class he fights at for the next few years.