Report: Daniel Cormier wants 'nothing less' than No. 1 UFC Light Heavyweight contender match next

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier was supposed to make his 205-pound debut against a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans. However, he ended up knocking out Octagon newcomer Patrick Cummins in round one of the UFC 170 co-main event instead. Despite the major drop off in talent, "DC" feels he deserves a No. 1 title contender eliminator match next ... and possibly more.

Daniel Cormier made his mixed martial arts (MMA) Light Heavyweight debut in emphatic fashion, dispatching Patrick Cummins in little more than one minute in the UFC 170 co-main event last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights here).

Unfortunately, Cummins is not remotely considered elite 205-pound competition, unlike the former champion he replaced on short notice, Rashad Evans, who was was forced to withdraw from the highly-anticipated encounter with "DC" because of a serious knee injury (more details here).

Nonetheless, on this week's (Feb. 26, 2014) edition of "UFC Tonight," Cormier informed correspondent Ariel Helwani that he will settle for nothing less than a bout to determine the next challenger for Jon "Bones" Jones' throne.

There is a caveat, though.

While he would agree to fight the winner of Phil Davis against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, which is slated to take place at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Md. (read details here), Cormier would demand the next title shot after Glover Teixeira gets his crack at "Bones" in a few weeks if Jimi Manuwa pulls off an upset of Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night 37.

That's because Gustafsson is currently guaranteed to fight the Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira winner thanks to his near-miss at UFC 165 several months ago.

Sounds like a solid plan.

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