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Hey, Wouldn’t It Be Crazy if Daniel Cormier Got the Next Title Shot Against Jon Jones?


(Damn, Cormier at 205 pounds? Does this mean we have to stop calling him “The Round Mound of Ground and Pound”?)

It was long assumed that Daniel Cormier would enter the UFC as a heavyweight title contender after he finishes crushing Dion Staring at the final Strikeforce event on January 12th. (I’m not trying to jinx the dude, but come on, I know a squash match when I see one.) However, now that his training partner Cain Velasquez has reclaimed the heavyweight belt, Cormier’s future in the UFC may take a different path. As Dana White suggested following the post-UFC 155 press conference:

“It’s awesome, he (Cormier) is going to bring a lot of excitement to the heavyweight or light heavyweight division, you know. And he could be next in line to fight (Jon) Jones.”

Velasquez has made it clear that he wouldn’t fight his teammate under any circumstances, which might make light-heavyweight Cormier’s best option in the short term. Hell, the only thing that has kept the undefeated (and rather husky) AKA product from dropping to 205 sooner is because cutting weight crushed his Olympic dreams and nearly killed him that one time. Water under the bridge, right?

As a fantastic wrestler with dynamite punching power, Cormier would present Jon Jones with the same challenges that a guy like Dan Henderson would. But he also shares Hendo’s biggest disadvantage — his physical dimensions. Both Cormier and Henderson stand 5’11″, with 71″ reaches, and could be picked apart by the 6’4″ Jones and his inhuman 84.5″ wingspan.

Personally, I think Cormier stands a better chance of taking Jones’s belt than any UFC light-heavyweight, so as long as he can make the weight without destroying his health, I’d be all for it. Plus, between Vitor Belfort and the upcoming Chael Sonnen fight, Jon Jones has been busy defending his title against natural middleweights; it would be interesting to see him tangle with a challenger entering his division from the other direction.

The only person who’d lose out in this scenario is Dan Henderson, whose knee injury before UFC 151 has effectively removed him from the light-heavyweight title picture, and who has been on Dana White’s pay-no-mind list ever since. Ah well. At least the old guy got jokes.

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trinitario- January 6, 2013 at 11:54 am
hes not roy nelson fat. he would definetly kill chael trt sonnen though.

sonnen and bisping need to get it on for the ultimate gatekeeper strap.
dipsetkilla316- January 3, 2013 at 11:59 am
Jones would molywoop his ass
XENOPHON- January 3, 2013 at 7:45 am
@ Dagnut - Well Put! He seems to do fine with what looks like much bigger heavies, and one has to wonder just how fast and strong he would be at Light Heavyweight?
Dagnut- January 3, 2013 at 3:18 am
It's not like asking Anderson Silva to make 170...he's a fat fucker
XENOPHON- January 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm
Jones has both the reach and height.

Cormier is no spring chicken and I have no comment on his 5 round cardio, as the fight he had with Josh Barnett was his from the get go.

I'd give this a thumbs fight and I would pay to watch it.
Mr_Misanthropy- January 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm
He looks like somebody just told him his Popeye's take out arrived in his dressing room and he can eat it as soon as he gets off the scale.
Alan K- January 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm
Cormier can drop a weight class. He just has to lose some weight to do it instead of trying to cut down for every fight and risk killing himself.
teep- January 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm
When Dana says "awesome" that equals title fight. Or when he says diaz. War Cormier!!!
Gobbleston- January 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm
Gotta lay off of the icecream. It annoys me when fat fighters claim they can't drop weight classes.
ReX13- January 2, 2013 at 11:59 am
Look, if Emelianegro thinks he can make 205, then the title fight is a done dada. Jones might as well go back to ghost riding his Bentley or whatever the fuck: Cormier got this.
Gobbleston- January 2, 2013 at 11:41 am
Machida/Henderson will ruin the chances of Henderson/Jones happening any time soon. :/
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