Dolce: Cormier could fight at 185, with little loss of performance

by Kirik Jenness |

Nutrition guru Mike Dolce appeared recently on MMAJunkie Radio, and discussed his client, top UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier. When Cormier was the captain of the US Olympic team in 2008, he nearly died trying to make 211, and dropped out of the event. When Cormier came to the UFC it was at heavyweight. With Dolce's consultation, Cormier has safely dropped to 205.

Now Dolce says Cormier could make 185, with little loss of performance.

“If think if he keeps living the lifestyle that he keeps now, takes more of my advice, a closer approach with me to help him modify that, if he wants to, he’ll be able to weigh in at 185 to compete very close to what he competes at as a light heavyweight,” said Dolce as transcribed by Steven Marrocco for MMAJunkie.

“He would gain strength, he would gain speed, and he would gain durability. Look at the photos of him when he weighed in at 205. Look at that body, and you can see he’s not nearly as ripped as he could be. Where you don’t see the definition, all that is additional weight that’s non-functional. So we can get rid of that, get him very close, and that’s even before the dehydration sets in.”

Dolce came on the UnderGround and offered clarification on the quotes.

 From: strengthcoach
Member Since: 7/6/04
Posts: 457

Hey guys,

Those comments were taken out of a two hour interview, where I said Cormier did not need to drop to 185 and that he could win the title at HWT, 205 or 185...if he decides to do so.

He has the options.

In the interview, I said if he continued living a full-time, healthy life and continued reducing his non-functional body mass, he could be in range of middleweight, who normally spend their off-seasons in the 215-220 lbs. range.

I also said, this could take up to two years, if he wanted to. So no crash dieting or extreme weight-cuts.

This was a small piece of a larger conversation discussing hypotheticals about other athletes changing weight classes. They also asked me if Uriah Faber could / should drop to 125, in my opinion, and I said no, it would't appear very healthy for a guy as lean as Faber.

I understand headlines are sexy and get people talking but context is everything.

DC is fine exactly where he is.

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BuddyRevell site profile image  

7/23/14 1:40 PM by BuddyRevell

This level of flexibility will serve him well in any weight class. Rubber guard prodigy in the making imo.

Jeter site profile image  

7/23/14 10:45 AM by Jeter

As a huge fan of wrestling, I can't believe that Cormier was so undisciplined with his weight leading up to the 2008 Olympics. If he's making 205 now, six years later, what happened in 2008 must eat away at his soul on a daily basis.And also, there's no way that Cormier ever sees 185.

DragonWrath site profile image  

7/23/14 10:45 AM by DragonWrath

Isn't the fact that we're dealing with a body that has suffered past kidney failure due to weight cutting a bit of a game changer? in terms of how much weight loss can be achieved while remaining healthy?

The Sultan site profile image  

7/23/14 10:18 AM by The Sultan

Idk if we'll ever see a shredded DC. Its really hard for certain body types to lose weight. It also looks unnatural when you see them. Their faces look emaciated and it just doesnt look healthy.

Fed site profile image  

7/23/14 7:24 AM by Fed

lol what a douche comment0 postsedited this post multiple times, nice br/br/ bro.what a sad troll to make a fake account to rip DC

OOOOO site profile image  

7/23/14 5:52 AM by OOOOO

Ridiculous comments here! Can you guys really not see that D.C still is FAT? He would easily be able to fight at 185 if he wanted to and if he had not been such a food junky.<br /><br />And it would not have to take 2 years for him to lose that weight either. The guy missed the olympics because of being fat for heavens sake! He has no discipline when it comes to food. Simple as that!

Mutant site profile image  

7/23/14 12:17 AM by Mutant

I bought your book and your recipe book and do far lost 30 lbs thanks Mr. Dolce.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/22/14 11:59 PM by time traveling 12er

Even Cyborg back tracked on this. Even before she said it was a translation error it came out that the real reason she wanted out was because she thought she should still be treated as an incoming champion regardless of being stripped. Cyborg fans really need to drop this nonsense, Cyborg is fighting at 135 in Invicta soon.

shaqitup site profile image  

7/22/14 11:44 PM by shaqitup

I think it's pretty obvious that he could.roy nelson could probably fight at 185 or 170 as well. But that is much less likely.

BJJgod site profile image  

7/22/14 11:43 PM by BJJgod

I still find it fascinating that most of comments on here accept that trying to cut too much weight can kill you, except when Cyborg said it.