Miletich: Cormier could be champ at heavyweight and light heavyweight


Inaugural UFC lightweight champion and current AXS TV color commentator Pat Miletich recently appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, and discussed UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier.

“Obviously Cummins was not ready for that fight," said Miletich. "Anybody who knew the game knew he wasn’t, but that was a situation where they had to feed him somebody because nobody else wanted that fight. I guarantee it. That’s just the way it is -- nobody wants to fight Daniel Cormier. Everybody laughed at me when he was a last-minute replacement for the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, when I said he was going to kill Bigfoot Silva and then beat Josh Barnett.”

Miletich was then asked if he thought Cormier was ready to fight for the title vs. the winner of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC 172  on April 26.

I think he is," said Miletich. "I’m sure we’re going to see him fight somebody else before that and really truly legitimize himself (vs.) whoever it is that he fights, a Gustafsson or somebody like that, which would be a great measuring stick obviously. Gustafsson’s a very, very tough guy. But I think we’re going to see one more fight out of Daniel before he ends up fighting the winner of that fight.”

Cormier has dropped to light heavy from heavy as he was not willing to fight AKA teammate Cain Velasquez for the title. However, Miletich was asked if he thought Cormier could win at heavyweight, too.

“Certainly," replied Miletich. "I just think that at 205, he’s benefited. He’s quick enough to deal with the 205ers. He’s stronger than the 205ers. His wrestling is better than any of the 205ers. He’s going to make a lot of money there. He doesn’t have to be a heavyweight to make a ton of money. I think he can make millions being a 205er and running through people.

"But yeah, I think he could certainly win the heavyweight title also.”

Listen to entire interview… (1:02:17 mark)

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Briggy site profile image  

2/27/14 6:25 AM by Briggy

Ya and what the hell is Jon supposed to do while those 2 fight? You do realize Jon is fighting like 45 days after Gus right? If Jon waits for Gus and DC to fight, he'll end up fighting again around december. Nice match making stupid

CapnKindBud site profile image  

2/27/14 5:51 AM by CapnKindBud

Negative! Not as long as Cain is fighting .

Forethought site profile image  

2/27/14 5:14 AM by Forethought

Not sure where you came up with this, but Gus is scheduled to fight Jones again if he gets past his guy.It's hard to say who Daniel will fight next in that division.

Forethought site profile image  

2/26/14 4:55 PM by Forethought

I would have to possibly agree. I am not 100% sure how he would fare against JDS or his buddy Cain, but it looks like he would definitely make it a fight.I have no doubt at 205, that he can and will defeat Jones. But that will have to wait a while since Glover is up next and then Gus (presuming he wins his upcoming fight).

Damaynevent site profile image  

2/26/14 3:09 PM by Damaynevent

Rashad won TUF as a HW.

AdmiralCackbar site profile image  

2/26/14 10:02 AM by AdmiralCackbar

Yea sure. I actually want Gus to win, so I'll happily change my name.

IronWill site profile image  

2/26/14 12:56 AM by IronWill

Do you people forget how badly Nog beat Rashad? Rashad was literally outclassed by lil' Nog.He couldn't take him down, and got timed and countered at will on the feet. Nog made Rashad look like he had no clue how to box.

IronWill site profile image  

2/26/14 12:52 AM by IronWill

Lets do an SN bet?

hubris site profile image  

2/26/14 12:20 AM by hubris

RIP Jon Jones

UnderTheClock site profile image  

2/26/14 12:18 AM by UnderTheClock

Pat said he could get both titles and, yes, he is capable of it. Whether it actually happens or not remains to be seen. Yes, he is a tank, wrestler, striker and quick though not fast. What's not to like?