Is Cormier a real threat to Jon Jones?


Daniel Cormier's UFC 166 bout with Roy Nelson was his last at heavyweight, opting to move to the light heavyweight division to avoid a bout with teammate Cain Velasquez. Cormier is likely to be put into a title contender bout in his first bout in the weight class, but is he an actual threat to champion Jon Jones?'s James MacDonald breaks it down:

Many fans think Cormier possesses the requisite tools to unseat Jones, but very few column inches have been dedicated to how the pair match up physically.

With the former Strikeforce Grand Prix champion coming down from heavyweight, the assumption seems to be that size and weight won’t be a major factor in the outcome of any eventual fight.

In reality, Cormier fights at heavyweight because he carries around a significant amount of extra body fat. His frame is more naturally suited to the light heavyweight division.

Additionally, the discrepancy in both size and reach appears almost insurmountable on paper, with Jones enjoying a five-inch height advantage and an astonishing reach advantage of almost a foot.

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UGCTT_ShanTheMan site profile image  

10/24/13 4:58 AM by UGCTT_ShanTheMan

God damn this dude is dramatic about his weight cut. Not like he is the first to do it.

dan0s site profile image  

10/24/13 4:52 AM by dan0s

We will find out some day.

warez site profile image  

10/24/13 4:47 AM by warez

Black Fedor takes it to him

Mayweedz site profile image  

10/24/13 12:36 AM by Mayweedz

If they fight it will really answer a lot of questions about how Jones size and strength advantage affects his fighting. Plus with his recent string of minor injuries it will answer if that will affect his mindset as far as making him more tentative or hesitant in the fight.

JJarvis_6 site profile image  

10/23/13 7:59 PM by JJarvis_6

No jones whips his ass like he has everyone else

Damaynevent site profile image  

10/23/13 7:53 PM by Damaynevent

The speed advantage DC enjoyed at HW will not be there when he fights at LHW. I like DC but other than grinding out a decision against the cage, I just don't see how he can beat JBJ. And where is all this HW power DC is bring to the LHW division? What elite competition has he knocked out? He will have a huge obstacle to overcome fighting Jones whereas JBJ has fought plenty of guys like DC. I think JBJ finishes him in the 4th.

octagon 11 site profile image  

10/23/13 5:46 PM by octagon 11

Cormier Cold Have This.DC Is A Monster.Reminds Me Of Kevin Randleman(Prime).Nelson Is a Monster Too.JDs Had HardtimeWith Roy.Gus vs Cain.

JStrongMMA site profile image  

10/23/13 1:05 AM by JStrongMMA

Herb Dean didn't ref that fight. It was Mazzagati I believe.

Bucephalus site profile image  

10/23/13 12:52 AM by Bucephalus

Apparently you don't know what the word "technically" means.Gustafsson quieted Jones fans and in the opinion of many, beat him.

knuckleballs site profile image  

10/23/13 12:42 AM by knuckleballs

He is a great fighter, but the speed advantage he had a HW will not be so evident at LHW. Jones has amazing wrestling and the freakiest reach in MMA. Tough fight for both guys, but especially for Cormier here. Cormier is not getting any younger and needs to get a title shot within his next two fights...Also, this fight would be awesome.