When the UFC was recently left without an opponent for light heavyweight champion Jon Jones the promotion reached out to a handful of fighters in hopes of finding a competitor willing to step up and face the extremely talented 205er. In the end the organization ended up with Vitor Belfort, a middleweight with experience in the division and the reputation of being a legitimate legend. However, it was also revealed Mauricio Rua and Lyoto Machida turned down the opportunity while citing the need for more time to train.
While Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier may not have been able to make the required weight-related mark in a month, with more time he feels confident it wouldn’t be an issue and is equally certain he won’t be passing on a shot at Jones if offered it.
“Right now no one wants to fight Jon Jones, but sh*t, I’ll do it. I’ll fight Jon Jones. Guys are turning down the fight; you have to go to an old school fighter like Vitor Belfort to step up to the plate. That’s no knock on Machida or ‘Shogun’, but if those guys want to coach on The Ultimate Fighter and move off to the side and let me fight Jones, I’ll do it. If no one wants the title shot then give it to Daniel,” the unbeaten Cormier explained in an in an interview with BJPenn.com.
Slimming down to 205 pounds may be realistic for the 5’11” Cormier but he also knows doing so requires a lot of work, or at least so he said in a previous interview with CNNSI.
“I’m a clear thinker and I know that I carry some extra fat and I could probably get to 205 if I needed to. But it would have to be a total lifestyle change. I just can’t do it the wrong way anymore,” admitted Cormier, referring to some issues he had cutting weight as an Olympic wrestler.
For now, however, the 33-year old will remain focused on his upcoming bout with Frank Mir. It is expected to be the 10-0 Cormier’s final appearance in Strikeforce before joining the UFC’s roster.
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