Dana White Says Daniel Cormier’s Next Fight Could Be Against Alexander Gustafsson

Dana White Says Daniel Cormier’s Next Fight Could Be Against Alexander Gustafsson


Daniel Cormier took his last bout and win at heavyweight last night, when he defeated Roy Nelson via a three round unanimous decision victory, at UFC 166 in Houston.

Cormier looked to be in great shape and easily defeated Nelson, using a combination of wrestling and kickboxing.

Now that his victory is in the books and his move down to the light-heavyweight division has finally arrived, what will be next for the 13 & 0 fighter?

In terms of his performance and how he will do in the 205 pound division, UFC President Dana White remarked that he thought Cormier looked good, but was unsure as to how he will fare in the lighter class.

As White put it at the post-fight press conference:

“I thought Cormier looked a million percent better than in the fight he had against Frank Mir. He wrestled. He beat him standing up. He was kicking more than Roy; who just standing there getting lit up.

“At 205, I don’t know. I don’t how he’s going to fit into 205. The 205-pound division has been one of the, if not the, nastiest division in the UFC, forever. Guys are faster. A lot of guys are taller in that division. It’s just not an easy division to cut down to.”

The promotion’s president was then asked whether or not Cormier’s next fight and first bout at 205 might come in the way of a match with Alexander Gustafsson, to wit he simply nodded his head and said, “Yeah.”

For some the fight might make a lot of sense.

As Jones is busy with an as of yet to be scheduled bout with Glover Teixeira, a fight between Gustafsson and Cormier would not only keep both fighters busy and provide an entertaining bout for the fans, but it would also certify a number one contender to face the winner of Jones / Teixeira.

However, the down side of a Gustafsson / Cormier match is that it would potentially take a Jones / Gustafsson re-match off the table and that’s something a lot of fans would rather not see happen. Cormier is a heck of a fighter and if he could beat the 6’5” Swede, which is possible, it would rob fans of one of the most talked about and desired sequel bouts in UFC history.

Beyond that, Jones / Gustafsson are a fight that will make money; a lot of it. As such, it seems a little foolish to jeopardize that payday on a contender’s bout between Gustafsson & Cormier. It’s a great match to be sure, but Jones / Gustafsson is the fight that fans want to see.

In an effort to preserve that bout, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, should look to pair Cormier with Phil Davis. That too would be a great fight and a good test for both fighters. It would also leave Gustafsson free to wait on the outcome of Jones / Teixeira. Should Jones win the bout, then fans could have their rematch. Should Teixeira win, he could then get the winner of Cormier / Davis and another opponent could be sought for Gustafsson; perhaps the winner of the Rashad Evans / Chael Sonnen bout, with the winner of that fight getting the next title shot.

Either way they’re all great fights, but truly, it will be a shame if the Jones / Gustafsson re-match fails to materialize, because Daniel Cormier ruined the party.     

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IGMBurninPiff IGMBurninPiff

    I thought Gus was going to end up with Bader, I guess Dana didn't like the sound of that. Wow this fight is so much better. Kind of surprised they'd eliminate 1 of the 2 clear choices to fight Jones coming up. I really don't think he'd want to get rid of Gus considering the rematch should draw BIGGGG numbers. He must have some faith he'll beat DC

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

      It's a tough, tough fight for DC. A big part of the reason he's been so effective at heavyweight is that he's always had a pretty significant hand speed advantage, and has been able to outbox everyone he's faced. I doubt he has faster hands than Gustafsson, who showed up Jon Jones in that category for 5 rounds. Obviously, he's faced guys with Gustafsson's height and reach before, but not when combined with Gustafsson's boxing skills and speed.

      I'd have to give Gustafsson the advantage when the fight is standing. I think it comes down to his takedown defense. He looked fantastic against Jones, but at least on paper, Cormier is on another level when it comes to wrestling. If Cormier can get some takedowns in more than one round, I think he can pull off a decision or possibly a TKO. If the majority of the fight is contested on the feet, Gustaffson will pick Cormier apart and win a decision. I lean towards Gustaffson based on his last performance.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      Thats wwhat I hate about UFC fight matchups they get the two guys who stylistically could topple Jones or some other champ and make them fight each other so that only one gets to fight Jones. I feel it benefits the champ so much and some guys when on a roll never get back once it's stopped. Champ preservation.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/IGMBurninPiff IGMBurninPiff

        @Falcon, technically that's what they're supposed to do though. They're supposed to find a clear cut number 1 contender. Not play hide and seek to make sure they keep fighters unbeaten to fight the champ.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

          I understand your point of view but styles make fights and many styles that are a good match for the champ are a bad match for the contender. I think they steer clear of top 3 or 4 and give top 10-4 shots at top 4-1 and then let the top 4 take a turn each at the champ or else we could end up with rematch after rematch which has been happening. Let the top 4 guys prove that the lower tier fighters don't belong and the champ prove he is the champ.

          • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

            If they give Chael a shot why not a much more worthy undefeated guy from a larger division?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jmedno5891 jmedno5891

    1. That pic with gus and jones is hilarious, 2. This fight will be awesome to let DC gauge where he's at in the 205 division and let him get a feel of fighting a guy thats real good at keeping you at whatever distance he wants. For some reason I'm leaning toward DC, I just picture him rushing Gus and "Couture-ing" him against the fence. I dont want either guy to lose though since they are both so sick, oh well.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      lol, it subliminally says "yea, who's in the bed hooked up to an IV as I stand here"

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/NoPrideinUFC NoPrideinUFC

      Definitely agree with you on that one, come on brian your thinking on profits rather than wanting to see the true best lhw in the world if dc beats alex than wouldnt he be the best bet to beat jones, honestly i think if dc could get around the reach factor the fight against jones would be his either way im sure we will see a gus vs jones rematch

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Brasil Brasil

    Unexpected to say the least because both guys vs Jones would be monster PPV….so why kill it putting one against the other on a title elimination.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thexperience1 thexperience1

    This is a GREAT fight… and i've got Cormier for 3 simple facts… 1. Cormier can take Gus down, absolutely ZERO doubt about it. 2. Cormier has serious KO power and is physically a lot stronger than Gus. 3. Cormier can hang with Gus on the feet. Gus surely has a little advantage there due experience but Cormier's striking is improving FAST. His boxing and defense is great and he's really opening up with the kicks now more and more. After another 6 months from now when the fight probably will take place. DC will be a lot lighter and faster. He's already fast and has great footwork he'll only get faster.I really dont think Gus can hang with him, DC's gonna be too much. I got DC by KO.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      It really wouldn't surprise me EP1

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

      Experience my man, have to admit, those 3 reasons are going to be a factor in the fight, but I just got this feeling Gus is gonna win, I don't see how, just got this funny feeling he's gonna surprise a lot of guys out there.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      I agree.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Cookie77 Cookie77

    I have a feeling that DC will be the next LHW champ.. just a feeling..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

    I can't even predict how DC will do. It all depends how well these taller guys with huge reach do keeping DC at a distance. Can he get inside often enough to execute his game plan and strengths? Or will the others use kicks and footwork to nullify him and pick him apart? I just can't say yet. Gus is a great test to see what would happen against Jones. But we all know styles make fights, and even if he beat Gus doesnt mean he can beat Jones. Will be interesting to see. Has DC gone 5 rounds before? We saw him tired in Rd. 3 against Roy.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grandslam grandslam

    I must admit that I've only seen DC fight twice. Both the fights were with run down opponents. In my opinion DC's skill levels are no where close to that of Gus and/ or Jones. Gus is an excellent striker and has a solid TDD. I think it will be a great fight but I'd root for Gus as I'd love to see him fight Jones again. Only if Jones goes past Glover Teixeira. that's a whole nother story.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thop12 thop12

    The way I see it if dc fight Gus is because Dana want dc to beat Gus. Cus Dana white know Gus was the close thing to beating Jon. And Dana don't want that cus Jons is tell really the only champ that undefeated in UFC. Plus jones alway pick apart the smaller guys

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip

      I think you're on to something thop.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thexperience1 thexperience1

      Well Dana is gonna be disappointed my friend… DC will finish Gus and open everyone's eyes. If you look at all DC's past fights, there is a pattern. HE FINDS A WAY TO WIN! He has all the skills to do so and when he's challenged in a fight, he SHOWS UP! Now THAT.. is a future champ in the making! The ones that put it together when it matters… and deliver! DC is one of those gifted specimens!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MAMBA24ILL MAMBA24ILL

    Gus should be getting the rematch & Glover should welcome DC to the LHW division.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zip Zip


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ivy Ivy

    They gave Chael Sonnen a shot at the belt at 205 why not DC?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Shogunboxe Shogunboxe

    Rashad, Phil Davis, Gusstafson, Texeira…many contenders and good fights for dc in that division

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/azzkika azzkika

    WTF are they doing with Cormier? Give him a shot at Cain FFS. He has established himself as the next in line after JDS. LHW is deep enough, Cormier is a legit prospect at HW. People think it's an easy cut for Cormier but he's the kind of build that doesn't shed weight easily due to his bulky frame and he may not be half as good at LHW as he is at HW purely because of the cut.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/thexperience1 thexperience1

      He make the weight.. if he does it the healthy way, he will have no problems getting down to LHW. He's dropping down cause Cain and DC will never fight! DC is dropping down cause they refuse to fight each other. They're like brothers. Not like that fake training partner/team mate relationship Rashad and Bones had.. They are really close friends, that choose to not get in each others way and that is to be respected.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        I agree with that. As much as Kos is a Dbag I can't blame him and Fitch not fighting either or Lyoto and Anderson or GSP and Rory. They are not stalling anything anyway since they just jump ship to another division if they are forced to meet in the same weight class. Their choice.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mmauk mmauk

    This DC hype about 205 is baffling to me and I think it's unfortunate he's friends with Cain. I think he's very effective(that's surprising for a wrestler) but I just don't think he's AS special as some make out. Great wrestler and his striking is getting better every fight but 205 is a different animal to HW. I also see certain fundamentals in his style that will be exposed at 205. I can glover lighting him up, I can see Rashad finding a way to winning a boring split decision against him, I can see Gustafsan running rings round him too.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

      I don't think he's AS special either. But I do feel his style is a bad matchup for the top guys at 205.Yes Gus can run rings around him but I feel he will be running all fight from Cormier and DC is very quick and likely quicker at 205. I don't think Rashad has what it takes stylistically to beat DC. I think Glover would have the best chance because of brute strength that he has. I think Jones would be backing up all night with DC too trying to pick him apart but it would be hard because of DCs speed. I think he is potential champ at 205 or Heavyweight.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mmauk mmauk

        I remember people on here betting against Rashad when he fought Davis too. I don't see him being HW champ as long as Cain is fit and healthy or Jones either. The key to beating Jones strategically is footwork and closing the distance real quick like Machida done for 1 round. Gustafsan reach played a huge part in his success. When it comes to DC, I don't know maybe I just have blind spot when it comes to him.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

          Hey, I am just speculating here. I don't think there is any sure thing in this sport. But yeah I feel he is pretty good. I think he has a a good chance and that is all.