UFC 166: Slimmer Roy Nelson planning drop to light heavyweight to steal Daniel Cormier's title shot


Imitation is the sincerest form of mental warfare. Or was that flattery?

Heavyweights? What heavyweights?

Despite landing in the top 10 of their division, Roy Nelson and Daniel Cormier don't have much of a future at 265 pounds when it comes to plying their trade inside the Octagon. And that's not because they suck, but rather because it's much easier to get a title shot at 205 pounds.

Or "demand one," anyway.

So if "DC" is going to drop down and go for the gold with a win at UFC 166, which takes place on Oct. 19, 2013 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, then dammit, so is not-so-"Big Country," according to comments he made over at Bloody Elbow.

His words:

"I figure that I'll get down to 205 faster than Daniel. If I beat Daniel, wouldn't I get a title shot? My goal is just to beat Daniel. My goal is to fight the champ. Right now, Daniel is in front of me, so I'm trying to beat him...in everything he does. I'm hearing that if he beats me, he's supposed to get a title shot at 205; he gets to jump to the front of the line. I'm all about jumping to the front of the line. My mode of thinking is that he's number 2, and if I beat him, my next step after that would be to fight for the belt, in either division."

That's a pretty intelligent gameplan, especially for a fighter who "isn't that smart."

These guys are so busy arguing over beards, uncles named Tom and loose-leaf paper, that they probably failed to notice the line forming in both divisions. I'd be willing to bet Fabricio Werdum, as well as the winner of Travis Browne vs. Josh Barnett, would have something to say about who gets first dibs.

And Glover Teixeira, along with Alexander Gustafsson, have their own arguments down at 205.

For now, nobody is going anywhere until the dust settles and the smoke clears later this month in "The Lone Star State." At least one of these incredibly-shrinking-heavyweights recognizes this to be the most dangerous fight of his career, but what about the other?

We'll find out soon enough.

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