Cormier wants 205 title shot with Nelson win

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

34-year-old heavyweight Daniel Cormier is a man on mission. Just one day after the official announcement of his next fight, vs. Roy Nelson at UFC 166, Cormier appeared on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” with Ariel Helwani, and said following a win over ‘Big Country’ he wants a title shot, at 205.

Current UFC lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones fights Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September, and Cormier wants the winner. Many believe that will be Jon Jones.

Cormier will make the cut to 205 gingerly, as he had to miss his shot at Olympic gold in 2010 when his kidneys failed in Beijing. Cormier was cutting weight to compete at 211lbs. Cormier is well into a long, gradual cut, and hopes to walk around in the 220 range, at which point a drop to 205 would not be problematic.

What do you think UG? If Cormier beats Nelson, that would make 13 straight wins in a row at heavyweight, does that give him the right to as he put it “cut the line” at 205?