Cormier plans to stay at heavyweight for now

Sunday, May 05, 2013

At 5’10”, Daniel Cormier is short for a UFC heavyweight, but that hasn’t stopped him being a perfect 12-0 in his mixed martial arts career and recently defeating former champion Frank Mir. There has been a lot of talk on whether not Cormier should work his way to the lightheavyweight division, but the thing you can’t argue against is winning.

The bigger reason that Cormier may start working his way lower in weight is to avoid a clash with team mate Cain Velasquez who is the current UFC heavyweight champion. As he’s not quite at a title shot, it looks as though Cormier will stay in the heavyweight division for now:

While a move to 205 pounds still seems likely for Cormier’s future, it appears that he will be sticking around at heavyweight for at least another fight or two.

“I always thought if I were to go down, I would need a lot of time to do it.  I think that still applies, but I would like to still fight,” Cormier told Bleacher Report.   “At the end of the day I can’t cut massive amounts of weight.  That’s well-documented from my problems in the Olympic games.  But I can diet, and when I’m dieting I can still fight.  Can I fight at 205? No.  Because it’s too much weight to cut in a short period of time.  But could I fight a heavyweight fight and just be a little lighter? I think so.”

The plan for Cormier right now is to book his next fight at heavyweight while he’s making the transition down to the smaller weight class.  The key, according to the former Olympian, is to cut the weight slowly but surely without sacrificing too much time inside the cage.

“Yeah because it keeps me busy, I’m still getting to fight and still gaining experience,” Cormier said about staying at heavyweight for now.  “At the end of the day, I’m still very early in my career.”

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