Daniel Cormier Set To Move To Light-Heavyweight After UFC 166

Daniel Cormier Set To Move To Light-Heavyweight After UFC 166


Daniel Cormier has made it official, that regardless of a win or a loss, he’ll be heading to light-heavyweight after UFC 166 and his bout with Roy Nelson.

Although not revelatory, it does confirm what many have thought for a long time, which is, that Cormier has no intentions of staying in a division that his teammate and best friend, Cain Velasquez, is not only competing in, but is champion of.

In commenting on the subject to “Inside MMA”, Cormier stated:

“This is going to be my last fight at heavyweight. I wanted to start to diet and move closer to the weight division where I was comfortable making the weight. I feel like I’m in that place, now. It does have a lot to do with me not wanting to fight Cain Velasquez, but I also want to be a champion of the UFC, and if I’m not going to fight for the belt at heavyweight, then I’ve got to find a division where I can compete for the championship.”

The interesting book on Cormier is the absolute belief and confidence that he has in himself.

He attends convinced that he could be champion of the heavyweight division, save for the presence of Cain Velasquez. He further believes that a championship belt at light-heavyweight is no more than a mere 40 pounds away, and that the weight cut might be more troublesome than a fight with current 205 division champion, Jon Jones.

However, Jones is unlike any fighter that Cormier has ever faced and in taking on the undefeated champion (sorry, but I refuse to acknowledge his DQ loss to Matt Hamill) he’ll be facing a monumental task. 

First, let’s address the question of process; he has to get the fight.

As it’s unlikely that Cormier will simply be handed a title shot at 205 and as Jones’s dance card is already booked two fights in advance (Glover Teixeira & a re-match with Alexander Gustafsson), he’ll have to take at least one fight at light-heavyweight prior to getting a championship bout.

The natural choice of match-up for Cormier at 205 would be Phil Davis. In taking on Davis, Cormier would have a stiff opponent in front of him and one of similar style and background.

Further, he’d be facing an opponent that has a seven inch reach advantage on him, and one that has never been KO’d or submitted in a fight. In a word, “Mr. Wonderful” is no joke and would mark a solid test for Cormier in terms of where he stands within the division.

However and assuming that Cormier would get past Davis, he’d then have to deal with “the man”, himself.

At 6’4”, Jon Jones will have five inches in height over Cormier, as well as an astounding 13 inches in reach advantage. To the point, “Bones” is a master of using his height and reach to keep his opponents at bay and deliver devastating damage from range. The odds of Cormier, at 5’ 11, simply walking through the champ’s defenses are probably low. As such, Cormier is going to have to find a way to get to Jones first and that could prove easier said, than done.  

Beyond that, Jones seems to be devoid of any holes in his game. The champion is great everywhere and anywhere a fight may go, and he’s proven time and again, that he’s better than any wrestler, ground specialist, stand-up artist or power puncher that he’s faced.

Granted, Cormier has a ton of power and there’s probably no man in the UFC that will take him down, but then again, Jones has the same or similar attributes. As such and in a straight up comparison, Jones has everything Cormier has and more.  

Further, as Cormier has let it be known that he doesn’t have a lot of respect for Jones, at least in the sense that he feels he can easily beat the champion, Jones might come into the ring with a chip on his shoulder and looking to prove a point; that a match between the two has become or will become personal, to Jones. As such, that’s only apt to further motivate an already motivated and talented champion.

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

    "In a nutshell, Jones has nothing to fear from Cormier and he presents no problems that the champ hasn’t encountered before." … What a ridiculous way to end an article. I suggest that if you can't create objective journalism then do something else, otherwise you are discrediting the site even further. Hugging Jones' nut will not get you very far either way…

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

      I fail to see how you could read that and deduce that I was favoring Jones.

      The analysis was based on Cormier's belief that he will easily defeat Jones and a reasonable assessment of the fact that DC will have to take a fight prior to a title shot.

      No where in the piece did I say Jones would beat Cormier in a fight. No where in the piece did I say I favored Jones. All I said was he had nothing to fear from him. As the piece was premised on Cormier's belief that he has nothing to fear from Jones, I didn't feel the need to stipulate to the point, as I thought anyone who read his comments would be able to conclude, as much.

      I stand by the piece and its objectivity. It was nothing more than an assessment of facts.

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

        "I stand by the piece and its objectivity. It was nothing more than an assessment of facts." Very objective piece, Brian!!!

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

          Thank you for coming around, Mind. :-)

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

      Hey Minikunts dem d*cks can't jack themselves. Get back to work loose booty before your pimp hurts you.

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

        You da pimp, son? You da pimp? Learn to talk biatch.

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

          Last I checked, your own whore of a mother was the loose booty. Son…….

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

      Way to attack a writer who you pay nothing to visit and read. Notice the comment section which allows you to disagree in an intelligent respectful manner. Perhaps if you're such a Cormier fan that you can't accept any opinion but your own, you may leave as well.
      I've disagreed with writers but try to add some humor and further more let them know I'm not being very serious. Your condemning reply does nothing but hurt others and show your general lack of respect for anyone.

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

        Yeah, you have a great and very elevated sense of humor….. uhhh….

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

          You should probably work on your mindcontrol.

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

            ahh, **** a dickkk tough guy…………

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

    I wanted to comment and give constructive criticism about the article but some narrowly beat me to it. I love lowkick and log in every day but I just have to say that there are spelling and grammar mistakes in every article! A quick proof read would help before posting. If you need help feel free to send it my way before putting up on the site :)

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

      Eat, the article passes the stink test on spelling and grammar.

      Sadly, for the errors that do slip by and I can only speak for myself on this issue, we here at LowKick are not alone in that folly.

      Personally, all I can say is that I try.

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

        Article was fine and spot on Brian. Heck, I've seen errors, and many of them, in best selling novels. It happens.

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

          Try reading a Yahoo article, thats huge national media and it's far worse for sure.

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

    No way Cormier beats Jones at LHW. He is dwarfed in height and reach. I give him a puncher's chance.

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

      Jones might get a standing guillotine with Cormier's feet entirely off the ground.

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

        It's just like all the others (except Gus) who couldn't get inside Jone's length…Jones will frustrate DC and pick him apart on the feet is my guess.

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

    P.S. I've been jumping for a hour and still cant see through my avatar window….just wait until I grow up man, just you wait!

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

      Stewie, I think the site is having some technical issues this evening.

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

        I know, I was just playing….Im all amped up on sugar, I think Im going to run arouns the house now…pitter patter pitter patter

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


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

    Cormier would be wise to test himself against a couple of top 10 LHW's before Jones. His drop in weight could throw all kinds of differentials into the mix not just his physicality (power, endurance etc…) but in the opponents at LHW. He'll need to adjust his style to fighting faster, more agile and typically higher tempo guys.

    The size disadvantage to Jones is less alien than any of those things after fighting monsters at HW for the last few years.

    His wrestling gives him at least one advantage over anyone in the division including Jones, given that Gis took him down it's not out of the question that Cormier does the same and keeps him there. His confidence and power give him a shot at a stoppage but Jones is head and shoulders above any opponent so far…

    I'd love to see him find his feet in the division and beat a Michida, Evans, Davies or Even Gus level LHW before jumping two footed into a title clash with some many unknown variables.

    At least if he Cormier does get whooped we can look forward to Jones' eventual flight to HW and a meeting with the Big Brother in Cain!