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Daniel Cormier dreading 40-pound weight cut required to defend UFC light heavyweight strap

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You know what doctors say about yo-yo dieting but hey, that’s not going to stop Daniel Cormier — who must split his time between heavyweight and light heavyweight — from dropping 40 pounds for his next UFC title fight.

Sure, “DC” is a natural heavyweight and could probably finish his career in the land of the big men, but his Brock Lesnar money fight won’t be on the table until early 2019 and the 205-pound division doesn’t want to wait that long.

Time to start counting those calories.

“For me to go back down, it’s going to be difficult to defend this belt. but I plan on doing it. Honestly, I am a heavyweight,” Cormier told the Kelly & Ryan show. “I weigh 245 pounds, normally. But then I cut down to 205 whenever I fight 205, so I lose 40 pounds to fight in that weight class.”

In unrelated news, Popeye’s stock plummeted 18% on Tuesday.

Cormier (21-1, 1 NC) holds the light heavyweight title that was stripped from the embattled Jon Jones, then bumped up to capture the heavyweight crown from Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 last month in Las Vegas.

No question “DC” carved out a place in the UFC Hall of Fame, but enjoy it while it lasts, it’s likely to end in March.

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