Cormier vs Gustafsson possible

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).

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“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

to.”

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

September.

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.