Daniel Cormier Ranked Number Six At Light-Heavyweight After UFC 170


Daniel Cormier made a successful debut at light-heavyweight at UFC 170; albeit over unranked Pat Cummins, who stepped in for the injured Rashad Evans. A win against ‘Suga’ would have likely earned Cormier a shot at the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, but the win over ‘Durkin’ has earned DC the number six spot at 205 pounds.

The rankings have been updated, and the former Strikeforce GP winner sits just behind Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis. The next obvious question is who doesd Cormier fight now? Phil Davis is tied up with Anthony Johnson, Nogueira is often injured, Evans is currently injured, Alexander Gustafsson is facing Jimi Manuwa on March 8, and then there’s Jones vs. GT.

All of the top five are unlikely to be booked against Cormier in the immediate future, apart from the winner of Gustafsson vs. Manuwa. ‘The Mauler’ should probably get another shot at the title with a win over ‘Poster Boy’ in London, but a loss may see the Swede booked in against DC.

Perhaps a match against #7 Shogun Rua is on the cards? The Pride FC fan favorite got back in the win column with as first round knockout over James Te Huna at UFN: Brisbane, although a rematch with Dan Henderson or ‘Lil Nog’ are more likely to sell big on PPV.

Cormier has entered the division at it’s weakest state in recent times. ‘Bones’ still holds the division hostage, and guys like Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Shogun Rua and Ryan Bader have all experienced rough patches lately, but still occupy the top 10. Take a look at the top 15 at 205 and tell me what you think is next for Daniel Cormier:

Light Heavyweight
Champion: Jon Jones
1. Alexander Gustafsson
2. Glover Teixeira
3. Rashad Evans
4. Phil Davis
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
6. Daniel Cormier *NR
7. Mauricio Rua -1
8. Dan Henderson -1
9. Chael Sonnen -1
10. Ryan Bader -1
11. Jimi Manuwa -1
12. Vitor Belfort
13. Gegard Mousasi -2
14. James Te Huna -1
15. Rafael Cavalcante -1

  • That seems fair. He beat a guy who wasn't even in the UFC and really was fed to the wolves just to keep D.C happy and fighting on that card. I was hoping this wouldn't be the jump to the top of the division D.C looked beast at 205.. for the whole 1 minute the fight went. Lets see how his cardio and all looks after a few round war and grind out verse Rashad like was planned. I love D.C so no doubt I believe he's going to still be a monster but fighting some guy that was never heard of isn't going to put you passed some of the LHW monsters who earned their spot in that division

    • True. I would've put him at number 5 though. I think he would walk threw Lil Nog, but of course I am judging by the eyeball test.

      • To be honest I didn't even look at number 5, just looked at the top 3 and kind of assumed the rest. Lil Nog does not belong above him. Not because he'd walk through him because I have D.C walking through most of them but the rankings are for fights won and lost where you place. I think he could be above Lil Nog just because he's irrelevant whether he beat Rashad or not. Rashad was clearly not himself and other from that Lil Nog has done nothing in a long time and is headed no where but to retirement. Phil Davis has his little streak going so they I guess have to put him above D.C

        • That's basically what my point was but you said much more thoroughly