Is Cormier a real threat to Jon Jones?

October 21, 2013

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? BleacherReport.com'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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