Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The UFC heavyweight division will be a bit more crowded in 2013 as Daniel Cormier confirmed he will compete in the 265-pound division and not make the drop down to light heavyweight. "DC" reiterated yet again he would love nothing more than to square off against former champion Frank Mir, and he knows just when and where he wants to do it.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently revealed should Daniel Cormier decide to make the drop down to the light heavyweight division, he could be next in line to take a crack at dethroning Jon Jones, or whoever is holding the title at that point in time.
After Cain Velasquez emphatically took the UFC heavyweight title away from Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 this past weekend (Dec. 29, 2012), mixed martial arts (MMA) pundits felt Cormier's move to the 205-pound weight class was all but a lock.
The former Olympic wrestler says he is staying in the land of the big men and is determined to finish his business with former UFC champion, Frank Mir. And he knows just when he where he wants to do it.
"DC" shared his plans to Fight Hub TV:
"Well, right now, Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen are fighting on April 27th. If I come out of this fight un-injured and victorious, I will take a little bit of time to chill and then get back into training for my next fight. When I come in, I am going to stay at heavyweight and I really want to fight Frank Mir. That is the fight I want. I would love for it to be on the FOX show here in San Jose. April 20th, fight Frank Mir, on FOX, have it be a free broadcast and that will help expose me and get more fans behind me who may not know me. That is what I want right now. That is the fight I have trained for, and would be excited to train for it again; Mir wants the fight, I think it would be a great fight. It's like we are doing Joe Silva's job for him."
Mir and Cormier were lined up to face one another on Nov. 3, 2012, however, Frank's shoe boo-boo resulted in an unfortunate injury which scrapped the fight, and was a contributing factor in the event being canceled altogether.
Of course, there is still a small matter of taking care of the business at hand as Cormier still has to get past Dion Staring on Jan. 12, 2013 at Strikeforce: 'Marquardt vs. Saffeidine' in Oklahoma in what will be the final
nail in the coffin event for the promotion.
For those of you holding your breath hoping to see a showdown between he and UFC champion and current teammate Cain Velasquez, feel free to breathe because "DC" reiterated, yet again, a fight between and Cain won't happen.
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