The light heavyweight division will welcome a new contender now
that Daniel Cormier has competed for the last time as a heavyweight
in a winning effort over Roy Nelson at UFC 166.
Cormier was already in the process of dropping weight when he
fought the former Ultimate Fighter winner, coming in at a slim and
trim 224 pounds while making the move down to 205.
UFC president Dana White was impressed with what he saw from
Cormier, but there’s no telling if that success will translate to
the light heavyweight division, which has traditionally been one of
the promotion’s deepest and toughest weight classes.
“I thought he looked million percent better than the fight he
had with Frank Mir,” White told FOX Sports. “He out wrestled him,
he beat him standing up, he was kicking more than Roy. Roy was just
standing there getting lit up. At 205, I don’t how he’s going to
fit in the 205 (division).
“The 205 pound division has been one of the, if not the nastiest
divisions in the UFC forever. Guys are faster, a lot of guys are
taller in that division. It’s not an easy division to cut down
One possible matchup that seems intriguing for Cormier’s first
foray into the division is a fight against Alexander Gustafsson,
who is fresh off of a close decision defeat to Jon Jones in
Gustafsson is expected to have his next fight in early 2014 in
either Sweden or London, England and with a win he will receive a
rematch against Jones later in the year.
Cormier is also gunning for a shot at Jones and the light
heavyweight title and there may not be a faster path to get there
than going through Gustafsson.
“Maybe, yeah,” White answered when asked about a possible
Cormier vs. Gustafsson matchup.
If Gustafsson isn’t the name that lands on Cormier’s contract
for his first fight at light heavyweight, another available option
would be former NCAA champion wrestler Phil Davis, who is also
sitting without a fight currently. Davis most recently defeated
former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, and with Cormier
being a former two-time Olympic wrestler it could be a very
intriguing matchup in the light heavyweight division.