Even though his next fight was just confirmed roughly 24 hours ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier is already thinking about the next step in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Cormier has long been teasing a move to the Light Heavyweight division. And now that his final fight at heavyweight against Roy Nelson is signed for UFC 166, "DC" has revealed his plans for beyond that match up.
According to a report from Ariel Helwani on Tuesday's (July 23, 2013) edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight," Cormier intends to defeat Nelson and then make a very serious and direct call out of 205-pound champion Jon Jones after he defeats "Big Country."
While there are several fighters worthy of challenging for Jones' title if he managed to successfully defend it against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, Cormier doesn't care. He wants to cut to the front of the line for an immediate title fight.
It is no surprise Cormier is dropping down to 205 pounds as he has been committed to the move for several months; however, the undefeated fighter wanted to ease into things in the new weight class.
Clearly, the 34-year-old has changed his tune and wants to hold a world title as soon as possible.
Whether or not Dana White, Joe Silva and other UFC officials would still be willing to take such a request into serious consideration is unknown, but if Cormier can handily defeat Nelson at UFC 166 it significantly raises his chances.
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