Dana White: Jimi Manuwa is fighting Alexander Gustafsson because Daniel Cormier has never made 205

Michael Cohen

Top-ranked heavyweight Daniel Cormier, despite a history of weight cutting problems, is confident he can drop down to light heavyweight with the proper amount of time. But before "DC" can get himself a title eliminator fight, UFC President Dana White wants him to prove it.

When news broke (read it) that top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson would be fighting Jimi Manuwa (because of this), some mixed martial arts (MMA) fans (and perhaps even some fighters) were left scratching their heads.

Maybe you should just STFU and let Dana White run his business.

Fighting "The Mauler" could be viewed as the division's golden ticker. After all, Gustafsson is guaranteed a title shot if he wins his next fight, an honor that could go to his opponent if the towering Swede is upset across the pond. That's one of the main reasons heavyweight import Daniel Cormier threw his name into the hat.

Sorry "DC," but we don't even know if you can make 205 pounds yet.

"Cormier has never made it to 205 before," White told media members on yesterday's UFC conference call (listen here). "The fight is going to be over in London and Manuwa is undefeated. He's undefeated and he's a big, nasty striker and he's a light heavyweight."

White made it a point to mention London because Cormier was less-than-motivated to make his first weight cut overseas.

In addition, Manuwa is a big star on the UK fight scene, which is not surprising, considering he's damn near killed every opponent he's ever faced, finishing 13 of his 14 wins by way of knockout or technical knockout. In addition, White promised to "take this kid to the next level" with a "big fight" after "Poster Boy" disposed of Ryan Jimmo just last month.

Aside from a crack at the crown, it doesn't get any bigger than this.

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