Daniel Cormier Gets A Title Shot If He Waits, But He’d Rather...

Daniel Cormier Gets A Title Shot If He Waits, But He’d Rather Fight Than Sit


Hot off the heels of his impressive win over Jimi Manuwa at London’s Ultimate Fight Night 37 event, Alexander Gustafsson has been granted a title shot at the winner of next month’s UFC 172 card and light-heavyweight title fight, between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.

The promotion’s president made the notice official at last night’s UFN 37 post-fight press conference and with the announcement, Dana White merely confirmed what all knew to be a foregone conclusion.

Ranked number one going into the London bout and having turned in a dominant performance over Jimi Manuwa, “The Mauler” stands as the hands-down and obvious choice to give the next title shot to.

However, there’s another fighter in the division that many fans would like to see given a title shot, particularly if it’s against defending champion Jon Jones, and that would be Daniel Cormier.

Cormier is 3 – 0 in the promotion and has dealt handily with the triumvirate of opponents that he’s faced. Moreover, Cormier has been quite vocal about wanting a fight with Jon Jones and even more so about wanting a title shot.

To that, Dana White has granted Cormier his wish. Via his Twitter account this morning, the promotion’s president tweeted that Cormier will get the winner of Jones vs Teixeira / vs Gustafsson. 

However, Daniel Cormier doesn’t appear to be interested in waiting on the outcome of those two bouts and Tweeted that he’d rather take a fight in the interim. As to what fight he’d be interested in taking, Cormier appears to have his sights set on the winner of the Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson match, which is set for April 24th’s UFC 172 card in Baltimore.

Is he wise to do it?

Most fans would probably say yes. For Cormier to sit around and wait, for what could be eight or more months, doesn’t seem to fit Cormier’s personality. Further, another fight would keep him fresh and just as importantly, earning. Beyond that, Cormier has harped on Jones for being too selective or cautious, when it comes to taking fights. As such, for him to not take the winner of Davis vs. Johnson and just sit around waiting on his title shot, would go against the rhetoric which he has been espousing.   

So, there fans have it. As it stands now and by the look of it, the winner of Jones vs. Teixeira will meet Alexander Gustafsson, with Daniel Cormier taking on the winner of Davis vs. Johnson, with the winner of that match getting a title shot at the winner of Gustafsson vs. “X”.  

If it all goes according to plan, fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Cormier’s title challenger match on the same card as Gustafsson’s title match, and acting as its co-main event.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Gotta respect DC for his take no prisoners approach to staying busy….Shows what kind of athlete he is, his confidence….

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

      yeah…now if he just cant stop talking for a while

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gm1 gm1

        Phil Davis or Anthony Johnson? Neither are in any ranking…mid level in the LHW Div….and that is a good fight for DC? Thats WEAK…..

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

          Yeah, he should fight Rashad.

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

          Phil Davis a mid level LHW???? The guy record is 12-1 and in the ufc is 8-1. im sure he lost to machida so he should be 7-2! That its a great record in the UFC given the quality of the fighters he has wins against. he has wins against brian stann, gustaffson, tim boetsch and minotoro.

          im sure hes fighting style isnt the pretiest but for sure he is a top LHW!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gm1 gm1

    Wait a minute….
    Gus just fought and won without scratches.
    DC sitting around waiting.
    Jones vs Texiera in April
    Gus vs Cormier in May…

    Winners of both fight August/September

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

      Gus vs DC would be EPIC! Jones vs Gus 2 will be EPIC! Jones vs DC would be EPIC! Either way the real winners are the fans, we got some sick match-ups coming!

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

      Gus is not gonna risk his title shot to fight a savage like DC.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

        Nor should he.

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

      If anything, it should be Jones-Gus 2 with DC-Glover for next contender. Jones is right that the contenders aren't fighting each other to earn shots, but he can't re-neg on Gus after saying he'd get his rematch after 1 fight.

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

        DC is getting the winner of Jones vs Gus, But he might choose to take another fight first.

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

          Hey! That's almost the title of the article!

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

    I heard there is a barista working at Starbucks calling out DC.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

      Lol! That was really, Ivy.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    It's to his benefit and stay active and face a top 205er. It will help him with timing and preparing for a title bout. I believe DC wins next fight and challenges for title. He's going to be in for difficult match up against Jones or Gus..

    I like glover but can't see him beating Jones or glover and definitely not beating Gus if he somehow manages a win over Jones.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/highkick12 highkick12

    I don't get why so many fighters want to wait for shots. If you think you're good enough to beat the champ, surely you should be able to beat someone who's not the champ in the mean time.
    Nice to see Cormier has that confidence.