The former Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion is headed down to light heavyweight for his next fight, though a potential title shot, by his own admission, will not be waiting. Instead, as "DC" put it, he's "got some work to do" in his new home, but promises he'll eventually "be a champion."
Hard to argue with a guy who is 13-0 and holds wins over two former UFC titleholders.
Still, I don't think anyone is breaking out the party hats following his three-round unanimous decision win over Roy Nelson, which took place in the co-main event of the UFC 166 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Oct. 19, 2013) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
His gameplan was to "stifle and stand."
Cormier (13-0) wanted to improve over his Octagon debut, a 15-minute "stinker" against Frank Mir at UFC on FOX 7 last April. Whether he did or he didn't is probably in the eye of the beholder but to his credit, he at least showed a more diversified attack, using a combination of kicks and punches to complement his unstoppable wrestling.
Still, the fight had something of a ho-hum vibe to it.
Probably because "DC" used brains, not brawn, to keep himself sitting pretty in the top of the division. Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans don't mind a cerebral approach to the fight game, but it's tough to follow a fight like Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez, which makes even the oft-celebrated Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson title fight at UFC 165 seems tame by comparison.
Cormier's beef with "Bones" has been well documented (here's a taste), but Jones is already booked to throw down opposite Glover Teixeira next spring. If the planets align and "The Mauler" holds up his end of the bargain, we'll see Gustafsson get his much-deserved rematch.
That will give Cormier plenty of time to do something he hasn't done in two trips to the Octagon and that's create some buzz for a run at the belt. The good news is, there is no shortage of viable contenders -- or ex-champions -- waiting to greet him.
Let the fantasy matchmaking begin.
He's certainly earned his place at the top of the heavyweight division and in all likelihood will do likewise at 205 pounds. There's a very good chance he could beat Jones for the division title; however, based on what we've seen from "DC" thus far, it would be hard to convince me to buy a ticket to see it.
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