Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier had previously said that he hopes to fight in the light-heavyweight division by the end of the year, despite being a top challenger at heavyweight. Cormier’s good friend Cain Velasquez currently holds the title in the weight division, so the move down in weight is coming and Cormier confirmed that it will be coming after his next fight.
It is something that many people saw coming, but now we have the confirmation.
“This is it, my next fight will be my last at heavyweight,” Cormier said, via ESPN.com. “I want to try to fight a little lighter this time, and by the end of this year or early next year, I will fight my first fight at 205 pounds.
“I’ve gotten my plan together, and I’m tackling it head-on so I will be able to [cut weight] in the right way and feel pretty good competing. It’s obviously going to be a process and not an easy process, but I’m willing to take that challenge. I want to be champion.”
No opponent has been made for Cormier’s final fight at heavyweight, but you would expect it would be a top contender. The winner of this weekend’s heavyweight bout between Antontio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum could be a potential opponent.
When he finally makes the move to 205-pounds, Cormier should get a top contender or potentially an immediate title shot.