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Daniel Cormier willing to drop to 205 -- or stay at heavyweight -- for 'big fights' that will 'advance his career'

Should he stay or should he go now? Daniel Cormier hasn't decided if he's going to continue fighting at heavyweight, or finally make the drop down to 205 pounds. It all depends on what kind of "big fights" the promotion can offer in either division.


Sounds like Georges St. Pierre isn't the only one taking a wait-and-see approach to their next fight.

Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier -- who made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut inside the Octagon with a unanimous decision win over Frank Mir at UFC on FOX 7 last weekend in San Jose (see it here) -- hasn't decided what weight division he plans to compete in for his next fight.

Undefeated at heavyweight, "DC" has long teased a drop to 205 pounds.

What the former Olympian does know, is that if he eventually makes the trip south, he's not looking for his oft-requested title fight against Jon Jones his first time out, according to comments he made on this week's edition of UFC Tonight:

"I'm thinking about both weight divisions. I've been watching the rankings and I want to fight someone who actually advances my career. My first fight at 205, I would like it to not be for the belt. I would like a very high-level guy. A lot of guys are tied up. I just looked at the rankings again. Big fights. Big fights is what I'm interested in. Whether it be at heavyweight or 205, it doesn't matter. I'm getting with my team this week and to make a decision."

Cormier would likely be persuaded to seek greener pastures at 205 pounds so long as his friend and training partner, UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, continues to rule the 265-pound roost. Undersized in the land of giants (standing at just 5'11"), there's been no reason for him to previously consider it.

"DC" is 12-0, so if it ain't broke ... why fix it?

It also boils down to how many "high-level" guys are available. Junior dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum are all tied up at the moment, but down south, Lyoto Machida and Alexander Gustafsson are both on the open market (though it would probably make more sense to have them fight each other).

And when all else fails, I hear Alistair Overeem has nothing to do this summer.

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