Very rarely do you see an undefeated fighter drop down to another weight-class for no reason. Daniel “DC” Cormier is considered by some to have the best wrestling in all mma and/or the heavyweight division. He is some what undersized for the heavyweight division, yet he holds wins over top names such as: Soa “The Hulk” Palelei, Jeff Monson, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. So does his so called “under size” mean he belongs at light heavyweight? Cormier weighed in against Roy Nelson at 224 lbs. He proved he can make the 205 mark if he wanted to.
I understand that himself and current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez are under agreement to never fight one another. I can’t say I respect that. If you are in this sport, you should be here to train with the best, and fight the best. This goes for Rory and GSP as well. If you happen to train with one of the best, and he or she happens to be in your division, then why wouldn’t you want to showcase your skills to the world and prove that you are the best? Why else are you here; to be second fiddle?
This is a sport, but this also your job. You can make friends, but when is all comes down to it, this is a work place. Not taking fights because they are your friends, is a cop out in my opinion. Rashad and Jones were friends, but they also both wanted to compete and prove who was better. Did they both handle the situation correctly? Maybe not. But they are in this sport to compete with the best and I respect them for fighting one another despite their former friendship. This doesn’t mean Cormier is scared of Velasquez or vice versa. If you can’t fight your friend or training partner in a sport where it’s inevitable, then why are you here?
Cormier is too good to have never fought for the title due to friendship obligations. If your friend won’t fight you in a sport where it’s only about you, then they are not your real friend. This is not a team sport. In the training room, yes. But when the cage doors shut, it’s all about what you bring to the table. The training helps, but when it’s all said and done, it’s the fight in the dog that matters the most, not the obedience school they attended. All this leads up to Cormier making a poor decision to drop down to a division that is jammed up at the moment. So where does “DC” fit in all of this?
Cormier has already made it clear he is dropping down to 205 lbs. So, the big question is, where does he fit in all of this. He wants to fight Alexander Gustaffson, but the UFC has already made it clear that they want to set up the Jones/Gustafsson rematch. Dana White has already been quoted saying Jones will fight Glover next, then give Gustafsson his rematch. White is talking like Glover has already lost.
Giving “DC” to Gustafsson makes sense, and at the same time does not. Why would you put two top future contenders against one another only to have one disappear in the shadows? If Jones gets by Glover, then we all can agree that the Gustafsson rematch needs to happen. But we all know the past history between “DC” and “Bones” Jones, and that fight needs to happen for the title as well. Pitting “The Mauler” and “DC” against each other is not smart, but Gustafsson is going to have to fight one more time before he gets a rematch, and there is no one that makes sense besides Cormier.
This leaves us with Phil Davis. Davis beat Machida to only be shelved. I know some still think Machida won, but Machida is gone to another division, so this is done. Davis already holds a win over Gustafsson. They train together, and I guarantee if the match presented itself, both men would accept it to prove who is the best. Davis versus Cormier makes sense to a certain extent. I don’t see any other fights making sense for Cormier’s light heavyweight debut. I wish “DC” would have stayed at heavyweight and fought Cain. Since this is no longer the case, I can’t wait to see what the UFC does with the undefeated prospect.