White: Cormier could have an immediate title shot at 205

Friday, April 26, 2013

Daniel Cormier is a perfect 12-0 in the heavyweight division five wins under the Strikeforce banner and having recently defeated former UFC champion Frank Mir at the UFC on FOX 7.

At 5’10”, Cormier is considered short for a heavyweight and his frame definitely looks more suited for the light heavyweight division. And especially with his training partner holding the heavyweight title, a drop it weight might be coming soon. But where should that land him in the division, at least according to UFC President Dana White, right at the top:

“He could drop to 205 and get a shot at the title in my opinion, on day one,” he said. “Look at the guys he’s beat at heavyweight.”

It is not yet currently known if the 34-year-old Cormier could make the number due to kidney issues he sustained during his amateur wrestling career while cutting weight. In his last three fights, he has checked in at 235, 230 and 238 pounds, respectively. To make the light heavyweight championship fight limit, he would have to get down to 205 or less.

“I actually prefer him at 205,” he said. “This heavyweight division isn’t like other heavyweight divisions. And in saying that, he beat Josh Barnett. That’s a big deal. I just don’t think he has the punching power at heavyweight that he’d have at 205.”

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