While former US Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier might feel that a fight against current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is "inevitable," that doesn't mean he'll be making the drop to 205 pounds immediately.
In fact, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament winner would like to finish what he started in the heavyweight division, not wanting to waste some of his most significant training and pre-fight preparation from earlier this year. Check out what Cormier had to say (via BJPenn.com) about what he'd like to do once he transitions to the UFC.
"I would stay at heavyweight, I want to fight Frank. I think Mir and I have some unfinished business, I put in a six week training camp for Mir before he pulled out a month before the fight. All the things I learned in that camp and I worked on I want to be able to use on him inside of the cage."
Cormier was slated to take on Mir at a scheduled Strikeforce event this past November, but Mir suffered a training injury and pulled out of the bout. Now, "DC" will be taking on unheralded heavyweight Dion Staring at the final Strikeforce event next month.
If Cormier wins as expected, not only would taking on Mir make sense to him, a victory over the former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion would vault him directly into title contention, whatever division that may be.
"Also, I know how close that puts me to a title shot, if I'm able to get by Mir in the UFC, it's obviously a high profile fight and it would help to build my resume along with my visibility. That would put me in line for bigger fights and make it easier to promote me for a title shot in either the heavyweight or light heavyweight divisions."
Investing six weeks of your life is pretty serious business. It makes sense why Cormier would want to have a proper payoff for his time spent preparing for Mir. Do you think he has a point, Maniacs?