May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier enters to fight 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
Here's a fascinating idea.
Let's say Jon Jones disposes of Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 on Sept. 22, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the way everyone expects him to do. That's not me speaking for everyone, that's the oddsmakers with their insane line for the fight.
Let's also say Daniel Cormier takes care of business against Frank Mir when those two hook up at Strikeforce: "Cormier vs. Mir" on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The bout is scheduled to be the last one before "DC" makes the jump over to the UFC.
You see where this is going, right?
UFC President Dana White already hopped aboard the "Cormier to 205-pounds" train and now he's got some company -- Mr. Cormier himself. He's not planning for it, necessarily, but he's got an idea -- a pretty good one -- on how to introduce him to the UFC audience while also getting him down to the light heavyweight division and finding a true challenger for Jones.
The Ultimate Fighter.
Here's his idea (via Bloody Elbow):
"I know a situation that helps out everyone. Give Jon a challenge that he doesn't get from most guys, and that's something that I present. Hopefully, him and I get through our next fight. At the beginning of the year, let us coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. That gives me time to actually get my weight down, and in the summer time, we fight. How does that sound? I'm throwing it out there right now. Let's do it. He hasn't coached the show before, and neither have I. Let the fans get to know me better by putting me on TV for two and a half months, and then put me and Jon in a fight. Jon's a good wrestler, but I've wrestled at a different level. I'm gonna pressure him. I'm gonna take him down. I think it would be great for everybody, all around. I can tell you with 100% confidence in myself and in my ability, that if I was to fight him, or anyone else in the world, at some point in that fight, if I decide to put them on their back, I'm putting them on their back."
Considering his current standing amongst the mixed martial arts (MMA) fanbase, not to mention that of his head trainer, Greg Jackson, having Jones coach TUF sounds like a brilliant idea.
It also works out a few other ways.
Cormier, as he noted, would be introduced to the casual UFC fanbase who may not even be aware of his existence right now. The hope is that his fight against Mir will start changing that. What better way to push it over the top?
This would also allow the light heavyweight division to sort itself out. Lyoto Machida, Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, Alexander Gustafsson, Rashad Evans; they all need to figure out where they're going from here. Here's their chance to do so.
It's probably just a pipe dream but is anyone interested?