Daniel Cormier is back on top in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and currently in search of his next opponent. Remember, “DC” has never lost to anyone besides former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, so all potential title challengers should proceed with caution.
As a means of figuring out who should get the next crack at the 205-pound title, Cormier is reaching out to his fans and giving them two options moving forward. Either the champion will rematch the ultra-popular Alexander Gustafsson or he’ll give the vastly-underrated Volkan Oezdemir his first shot at UFC gold.
You decide.....— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 22, 2017
Gus - 2 in a row (Blachowitz, Texeira)
Volkan - 3 in row (OSP, Circunov, Manuwa) who should I fight next? @ufc
Both options make sense at this time, especially considering the UFC’s light heavyweight division is thinner than a McDonald’s burger, but there are obvious perks attached to each top contender.
Gustafsson, 30, came so close to defeating Cormier back at UFC 192, but ultimately came up short in the form of a split-decision loss. The towering Swedish striker has rebounded nicely with recent victories over former title challenger Glover Teixeira and the talented Jan Blachowicz, yet still fades in comparison to the overwhelming knockout success recently displayed by Oezdemir. That said, Gustafsson is a huge name among fight fans worldwide and has arguably become the hottest ticket in the division now that Jones has gone into hiding yet again.
Oezdemir, 28, arguably holds more momentum at this time than “Mauler” does. The Swiss knockout artist has taken out top threats Jimi Manuwa and Misha Cirkunov in a combined 70 seconds and looks like the second coming of Anthony Johnson. But unlike “Rumble,” Oezdemir understands shot selection and energy conservation a little better.
Whichever opponent is chosen for Cormier the UFC light heavyweight champion is going to have his work cut out for him. Gustafsson nearly knocked “DC” out with a knee in their first meeting and “No Time” looks like an absolute destroyer capable of sneakily overthrowing one of best in the world.
Stay tuned, fight fans! With Jones out of the picture, things are going to get a little more competitive at 205.