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Daniel Cormier Open to Fighting Teammate Cain Velasquez

(Photo courtesy of Tracy Lee/Yahoo!Sports)

Don’t assume that just because American Kickboxing Academy teammates Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch refuse to fight each other that there is a policy in place at AKA like the one that Greg Jackson instituted regarding his charges competing against each other.

In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite.

AKA co-founder Javier Mendez explained to Yahoo! Sport’s Dave Meltzer recently that he doesn’t have an opinion on his fighters fighting each other and that he doesn’t get involved in the decision making process when it comes to fights being offered to two of his guys like they have been by UFC president Dana White to Koscheck and Fitch.

“My standpoint is it is up to the fighters,” said Mendez. “I back both my fighters with whatever decision they make. If they both agree and the organizations want it, then it will happen and it’s nothing personal.

And Mendez isn’t the only one at the California gym who doesn’t bat away any suggestion of an inter-team showdown. Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist Daniel Cormier has expressed an interest in facing UFC heavyweight champ and main training partner, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez if the money is right and if it doesnt harm their friendship.

“He’s a friend,” said Cormier. “I’ve trained him for all of his recent fights. I cornered him. We face each other every day in sparring.It’ll be a very difficult fight for us to do. It will have to be worth it to us financially. We share the same coaches and the same management team. We’d have to address this as a group, with [manager] Bob Cook, Javier.”

Mendez says that if both fighters decide that there will be no hard feelings between them, then he would be okay with the heavyweight tilt going down as well if it’s offered.

“We’ll have to set up separate camps and take care of them as best we can. Daniel [Cormier] has talked about it before. Whatever Daniel wants, I’ll back 100 percent. If Cain says, ‘No,’ guess what I’m going to do? I’ll be behind Cain.”

Although he says he would fight Velasquez, Cormier says that he would much rather find a better solution for his career aspiration of one day wearing UFC gold.

“I don’t want to be just a good fighter. I want to be the best in the world. I could be in line for a championship, but if it came down to us, I’d much rather go to 205,” Cormier explains. “That would eliminate a lot of things. We have a great thing going at AKA — to avoid a lot of negatives, to avoid people having to choose sides, I’d rather move to 205, maybe beat someone and then face Jon Jones. I’d have to have that fight instead of Cain.”

Cain mentioned last month that he’d lock horns with Cormier as well, so if he gets past dos Santos and Cormier can beat Barnett, then Joe Silva could very well have his first heavyweight title defense of 2012 already in the bag.

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XENOPHON- October 22, 2011 at 5:36 am
Corimer - another sappy story about not wanting to fight his mate from the gym. Pathetic, he ought to leave. I don't know any other sport where so many men cry about having to compete with the guy who's locker is 3 rows down.
JohnnyBlaze- October 20, 2011 at 10:22 am
i feel bad for all the clueless delusional sonnen nuthuggers on this site
errandboy- October 20, 2011 at 8:20 am
Couldnt agree more.... He will be Sonnen's bitch til Sonnen finishes him inside 3 rounds via serious G&P !!!
skeletor- October 20, 2011 at 7:14 am
@ssquared22 - I didn't say he was the linear champ. I said he was the linear GOAT.
@BossNasty - My reasoning is sound. Silva is coming off as a bitch here there is no denying that. A simple statement one way or another could have saved him from the bitchassery that is now associated with his name.
errandboy- October 20, 2011 at 4:57 am
Cain wont get past Dos Santos. Lesnar will take out Overeem without too much trouble and there is your next HW titlefight.
donnadon- October 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm
I like Daniel Cormier - he is very strong
Todd M- October 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Cormier is an animal, if he can make it to 205 he should do it, No point in AKA having to fight their own guys. I think some of you guys are severely underestimating Cormier, with his combination of top level wrestling and his striking I think in the UFC he could make a run for the belt, matter of fact at this point I don't see many people stopping him.
HEY- October 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Open to getting his ass kicked is more like it LOL!
zhmmpp- October 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm
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mahlbawlz- October 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm
I say Miocic and Cormier should both go down to light heavyweight.
ReX13- October 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm
As i'm sure ya'll know, i love Emelianegro, but pegging him for a shot at the title early next year does seem ... optimistic. DC will be facing UFC competition next year, but i think there will be a couple of guys ahead of him in line.
BossNasty- October 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm
how do people say fedor was the best in the world with no quams but a.silva is a chump for not coming down to the level of a cheating crook who he already beat? that said the keyword is MATCHUPS just cause you beat someone doesn't mean you can beat who he beat, which is why you have to fight the fights. c'mon man your reasoning is the most ignorant statement i've ever heard.
ssquared22- October 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm
skeletor -

Fedor was linear PRIDE and WAMMA champ. He lost to Werdum, who then became linear champ. Werdum lost to Overeem to become linear champion. Big Foot isn't linear champ, he'd already lost that title.
mr_popo0- October 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm
skeletor dont worry. Cormier wont beat Barrnet anyway.
skeletor- October 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Are you two smoking crack? Cormier beat Big Foot who beat Fedor who was still the number one heavyweight in the world at the time since he just made a mistake against Werdum. Meaning that Cormier is currently the linear HW GOAT at the moment. This is a tall task for Cain, Lesnar, Overeem or anyone.
FightZen- October 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Hahahahaha! Corimer will get mutilated! Well, I never...
mr_popo0- October 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm
uhhh did you guys forget about overeem vs. lesnar???? if overeem wins he deserves the shot way more than cormier. man cagepotato, i love you guys but sometimes you dudes can be stupid.