Jan 12, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Daniel Comier (black shorts) and Dion Staring (white shorts) in their Strikeforce MMA Heavyweight bout at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier deserves shot at light heavyweight title


Who does Daniel Cormier (12-0) think he is?

If he defeats “Big Country” Roy Nelson (19-8) in what will be his last fight at heavyweight, he wants to drop down to 205 pounds and cut ahead to get a shot at the championship?

Well you know what I say? He certainly deserves it.

Even before he came into the UFC, Cormier had talked about fighting for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship.

Although he won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament and was unofficially recognized as the promotion’s final heavyweight champion, Cormier had talked about dropping weight after his AKA teammate Cain Velasquez (12-1) won back the heavyweight title from Junior dos Santos (16-2) back in Dec. 2012. Cormier has also been trading verbal bars with current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (18-1).

Also, it is not like this is the first time a fighter has dropped a weight class and received a title shot. Besides former UFC champions like Randy Couture (19-11), B.J. Penn (16-9-2) and Frankie Edgar (16-4-1), who were given championship matches after dropping weight classes, Anthony Pettis (16-2) had been given a title shot against featherweight champion Jose Aldo (22-1) before he had to pull out of the fight due to injury.

As for his fight with Nelson, this will surely be a brawl if the fight is kept standing. Both men have power and have an appetite for punishment. While Nelson may have an iron chin, Cormier may have to break his hand trying to knock him out, though it would not be the first time the Strikeforce champion has broken his hand during a fight. If the fight goes to the ground, it will be Cormier’s wrestling against Nelson’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

If Cormier does indeed beat Nelson and the UFC grants him a title shot at the light heavyweight title, then the next question is who will he face? Jones or Alexander Gustafsson (15-1)?

 

What do you think of Cormier getting a crack at the UFC Light Heavyweight championship if he beats Nelson? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover.

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