Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier turns 39 in March, so if he’s going to do anything “amazing” — like return to the heavyweight division and capture the crown — he’s going to have to do it as soon as possible.
Let’s face it, Father Time is a strict parent.
But even if “DC” wanted to move back home, where he started his mixed martial arts (MMA) career undefeated, it would require a slow and steady weight gain in order to remain competitive, much like this (sans vomiting).
“I’m not going in there to lose and say I gave it my best shot,” Cormier told MMA Junkie. “If I go in there with Miocic or Ngannou, I’m going to win. That’s just who I am. So that would just be me and my team really coming up with a solid plan on how I’m going to get up to a healthy, strong, 235, 240 pounds to go and fight those dudes.”
In order for Cormier to make that kind of move, he would first need to rid himself of Volkan Oezdemir, who tries to usurp the 205-pound throne at the UFC 220 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Boston (details).
The same event that has Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou battling for the heavyweight belt.
In addition, there might be a compelling reason to hang around at light heavyweight, depending on what happens with longtime rival Jon Jones. “Bones” is currently awaiting his hearing for this.
2018 is going to be very, very interesting.