UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier has been in the news a ton lately surrounding his proposed cut down to light heavyweight in order for a chance to face Jon Jones for the 205-pound strap. There’ve been skeptics who doubt Cormier’s ability to make it down to 205 after frying his kidneys as an Olympic wrestler in 2008.

However, Ariel Helwani confirmed on tonight’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” stating that Cormier is already in amazing shape heading into his bout with Roy Nelson at Saturday’s UFC 166 in Houston, and enthusiastic about the cut down to light heavy:

“He is in amazing shape. I saw him today at the open workouts. He looks like a light heavyweight right now. He told me he expects to weight around 225 at Friday’s weigh-ins, and when he used to wrestle at 211 pounds, he said two days before he’d be 225 and he was miserable. He’s in a great mood, and can’t wait for his move down to 205, this is a sign of things to come.”

It sounds like Cormier is taking the weight cut seriously, but we’ll see just how much he’s at when he hits the scales in Houston. While Cormier is cutting pounds with apparent ease, his opponent won’t have to shave any off of his impressive (and sometimes loathed) beard:

“Now the bad news is, Roy Nelson is not gonna have to shave that beard. He did file the complaint, but the Texas commission said they don’t regulate that, and they’re not going to make Roy shave that beard, so the big beard will be in effect on Saturday night.”

Cormier will still have to get past Nelson and his beard at UFC 166 on his quest towards a title shot at 205. If he does, we will see just how ready Cormier is to take on longtime king Jones. Will he get past Nelson with ease? And does he truly pose a threat to ‘Bones?’