Cormier would consider 205 to avoid Velasquez fight

Thursday, October 20, 2011

“I think for me, personally, the toughest fight out there is Cain because he can wrestle and he’s the best heavyweight in the world,” two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier said.

“He’s the most difficult fight for me or for anyone else. The other toughest is Barnett. I think he beats Lesnar, he beats Carwin, I think he beats all those guys.”

“I think Overeem’s a tough fighter, a really tough fighter,. His stand-up is great. He won the K-1 World Grand Prix. I think with Alistair you have to look at when he was at 205 and people were testing his will. Nobody’s done that at heavyweight. We’ll see if he’s overcome that, because he’s been stopped a lot of times. We need to see him tested. I want to see if Brock can test him, because we’ve seen him check out. He was that guy who lost a lot of tough fights. You would think if he was mentally tougher, he wouldn’t have 11 losses, but he’s a very good fighter.

“Brock never had the luxury I did, fighting the level of guys I did to slowly work your way up. He was fighting the top guys from the start and then ran into Cain. Cain’s not a good matchup for Brock. A really good wrestler is going to be tough for Brock because Brock is a little behind the guys he’s fighting in stand-up, and if he can’t wrestle them, he’s in trouble. But he threw himself into the deep end from the start, and he won’t back down from anyone. I respect him a lot.”

Velasquez and Cormier are training partners at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif.

“(Can Velasquez)’s a friend,” said Cormier. “I’ve trained him for all of his recent fights. I cornered him. We face each other every day in sparring.

“It’ll be a very difficult fight for us to do. It will have to be worth it to us financially. We share the same coaches and the same management team. We’d have to address this as a group, with [manager] Bob Cook, Javier. I don’t want to be just a good fighter. I want to be the best in the world. I could be in line for a championship but if it came down to us, I’d much rather go to 205. That would eliminate a lot of things. We have a great thing going at AKA, to avoid a lot of negatives, to avoid people having to choose sides, I’d rather move to 205, maybe beat someone, and then face Jon Jones. I’d have to have that fight instead of Cain.”

“My standpoint is it is up to the fighters,” said Javier Mendez, who also trains Cormier. “I back both my fighters with whatever decision they make. If they both agree and the organizations want it, then it will happen and it’s nothing personal. We’ll have to set up separate camps and take care of them as best we can. Daniel has talked about it before. Whatever Daniel wants, I’ll back 100 percent. If Cain says, ‘No,’ guess what I’m going to do? I’ll be behind Cain.”

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A further consideration is that Cormier suffered potentially fatal Acute Renal Failure trying to make 211 lbs at the Beijing Olympics.

Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who just snuck into the SF Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament as an alternate replacing Alistair Overeem, had to miss his shot at Olympic gold in 2010 when his kidneys failed in Beijing. Cormier was cutting weight to compete at 211lbs.

Now he’s a permanently undersized heavyweight who doesn’t dare try to make 205lbs because he doesn’t dare push his kidneys again.

Cormier is no doubt familiar with the symptoms of Acute Renal Failure (ARF) like dry mouth, lack of urine, headache, lower back pain, nausea, and drowsiness.  ARF can be treated with fluids and a quick rehydration, but it can also become Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) if the fighter’s kidneys give out from the strain.

It’s not just the kidneys that don’t do well when the body is drained of fluids. Dehydrated brains are an even bigger threat to fighter health. Boxing fans old enough to remember Duk Koo Kim know why same day weigh ins are a thing of the past. Kim took a 14 round beating from Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini the same day he made a brutal cut down to 135lbs.

Without sufficient time to rehydrate before the fight, Kim’s dried up brain slammed against his skull every time Mancini’s gloves made contact and after 14 rounds it was too much. Kim died 4 days after the bout.

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