Daniel Cormier isn't headed south for the winter.
The Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament Champion, who's expected to face the dreaded TBA as part of the promotion's January "mega card" on Showtime, has flat-out refused to fight friend and teammate Cain Velasquez if and when he transitions to the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
This is a match-up that can easily be avoided if Velasquez loses to UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos (again) when they eventually clash for a second time inside the Octagon at UFC 155 later this year. But if the former division titleholder can reclaim his strap and "DC" crosses over, it could be time to go on a diet.
Right down to 205 pounds.
That could potentially set up a light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones, assuming "Bones" can defeat Chael Sonnen following their Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coaching gig next April in New Jersey. Until then? Cormier is happy right where he is.
From Fight Hub TV:
"I said that I would only [fight Jones] IF Cain was UFC heavyweight champion and I was offered the fight; that was the stipulation. I am totally content at staying at heavyweight. My diet is pretty much whatever I want, I don't need to cut really any weight and I still am fast and able to compete with a lot of people in my weight class, why move from it? Who I have fought and how I have fought, it says something about me. That shows that I am content fighting wrestlers, bigger guys, jiu-jitsu guys, all the division has to offer, I'm okay with and ready for it. When you look at my record at 10-0 as a professional and look at Jon Jones record when he was 10-0, who was his toughest guy? Stephan Bonnar and he did not finish him. I have fought higher caliber opponents at this stage in my career than Jon did in his at 9-1; His tenth fight was Matt Hamill."
Our partners at Bloody Elbow compiled some stats in the wake of "DC's" bold comments.
Cormier: Gary Frazier (W-TKO-2), John Devine (W-KO-1), Lucas Browne (W-TKO-1), Tony Johnson (W-SUB-1), Jason Riley (W-SUB-1), Soa Palelei (W-SUB-1), Devin Cole (W-DEC), Jeff Monson (W-DEC), Antonio Silva (W-KO-1), Josh Barnett (W-DEC)
Jones: Brad Bernard (W-TKO-1), Carlos Eduardo (W-KO-3), Anthony Pina (W-SUB-1), Ryan Verrett (W-TKO-1), Parker Porter (W-KO-1), Moyses Gabin (W-TKO-2), André Gusmão (W-DEC), Stephan Bonnar (W-DEC), Jake O'Brien (W-SUB-2), Matt Hamill (L-DQ-1)
Well Maniacs, there you have it. The cold, hard numbers. How do the two phenoms stack up at this point in their respective careers, and who's had the harder path?