May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier poses with the championship belt after defeating Josh Barnett (not pictured) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
I know the knee-jerk reaction for some mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will be a screaming fit about Daniel Cormier and his kidneys, but in defense of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, "DC" did say he would consider moving down to light heavyweight for a "superfight."
Especially if it were against Jon Jones.
He also said he would rather fight "Bones" than friend and training partner Cain Velasquez, who shares the gym with Cormier at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) and just so happens to be one of the top five heavyweight fighters in the world.
So with all this talk about Jones and 205-pounds, consider the door officially open for an eventual drop in weight classes, something White tells media members (via ESPN.co.uk) he'd "love to see" when the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament winner makes his Octagon debut.
"Yes, he will end up coming over to the UFC. The thing is I'd love to see the guy go down to 205 pounds. Listen, I respect Josh Barnett, he did work Barnett. Barnett fights like once a year, I'm not taking anything away from Barnett, but it's a whole other ball game over here. I'm not telling him [Cormier], if the guy wants to stay at heavyweight, I'm not going to tell him where to go, but I think it would be a good move for him to go to 205."
Despite his perfect record inside the cage, Cormier (10-0) is constantly forced to defend his decision to mix it up in the land of giants, as he stands just a shade under six feet tall and tips the scale around 240 pounds. Part of that decision comes from a horrific weight cut that not only cost him an Olympic wrestling bid, but almost cost him his life.
"DC" was an injury replacement for Alistair Overeem when "Demolition Man" jumped ship and headed to the Las Vegas combat club and needed just one victory to reach the grand prix tournament finals. He earned it, too, by knocking out Antonio Silva in the first round.
In fact, he barely broke a sweat.
He capped off his impressive run by dominating Josh Barnett en route to a five round decision win -- and grand prix title -- earlier this month in San Jose, California. He's expected to compete one more time under the Strikeforce banner to satisfy his Showtime contract stipulations before moving over to the UFC heavyweight division.
How long he stays there, is anyone's guess.