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Daniel Cormier hasn’t dismissed possible move to light heavyweight

Daniel-Cormier-Josh-Barnett - MMAWEEKLYIt’s not uncommon for fighters to shed weight to dip down divisionally in hopes of dealing with opponents who are similarly sized rather than noticeably larger. That being said, such moves rarely involve heavyweights considering the effort required and potential effects on long-term health.

UFC fighter Daniel Cormier is very familiar with the dangers of cutting too much weight after encountering some serious medical issues during his career as an amateur wrestler. However, Cormier is still considering a future at 205 pounds and feels confident in his ability to make weight safely after his dedication to fitness over the past few years.

“At my heaviest, I was 264 pounds. I was consistently weighing in for fights at 250 pounds, and that was after training camps. I was losing 7, 8 pounds and being 250 pounds at weigh-ins,” explained the 5’11” Cormier in an interview with USA Today. “Now, I wake up in the morning, and I’m 234 pounds. That’s almost a 20-pound difference. Now it seems realistic. I’m lighter now than even when I was wrestling.”

“I think I have to just get through this fight and then see what happens next,” he concluded. “I’m going to fight with my heart and soul and give you everything I have to win this fight against Frank and continue to build to hopefully one day be the UFC champion.”

The 11-0 Cormier is set to mix it up with Frank Mir this weekend at UFC on FOX 7. Though the 34-year old is in the discussion for title-contendership, close friend and training partner Cain Velasquez currently holds the belt and neither has ever expressed interest in fighting the other. Also adding to the possibility of Cormier as a 205er, he has exchanged verbal jabs with champion Jon Jones through the media over the past year.


  • THEGUNNER says:

    Dc and jones wouldve been way better coaches and fight and I hope he retires mir to get a shot at jones it wouldnt be bad watching him destroy sonnen either.

  • soundspawn says:

    Gunner, they would make a better fight but Chael, as was documented (to mean we can’t know what wasn’t shown to us), was the best coach TUF has seen. Seeing as how he’s an accomplished coach and Jones is so young, the contrast certainly didn’t hurt to paint that picture, but all told I think he did a fantastic job.

  • MCM says:

    agreed soundspawn.

    I, like everyone else, thinks DC is much better suited for LHW. He’s had great success so far at HW and could probably be a mainstay in the top 10 but his body size is definitely designed for a lighter weight class. Did ya’ll see the pic of Gilbert, DC, the Punk and Jordan Mein? DC looked no bigger than any of them.


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