Daniel Cormier Not Waiting for Title Shot
“I want to fight. Listen, I’m 35 (years old) this month. I’m not going to sit on the shelf at this point. I feel great at this weight. I need a fight.” – Daniel Cormier, courtesy MMA Junkie http://mmajunkie.com/2014/03/daniel-cormier-not-waiting-for-ufc-title-shot-doesnt-think-champ-jones-is-scared/
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Daniel Cormier announced that he has no plans to sit around and wait for a title shot. He’s ready to fight, and wants to continue his journey through the light heavyweight division.
After Saturday’s win by the number one contender, Alexander Gustafsson, Dana White made it clear that he will receive the next shot at either Jon Jones or Glover Teixeira. This really should come as no surprise to anyone within the sport, however there are always concerns in the UFC, because there is no real criteria for who gets the next shot. All in all, this is a very smart decision by Cormier, who still has a lot of prove, to a lot of people after dropping from heavyweight.
It would be easy for Cormier to assume that since he was on the verge of a heavyweight title shot, and essentially gave that opportunity up, due to his friendship with training partner and current champion, Cain Velasquez, he should be in line for Jon Jones’ title. However, the fact of the matter is, he should have to fight someone with some quality before getting that title shot. It would be a different story if Cormier was the champion, and making the weight cut. But, no matter his standing at heavyweight, he’s in another division, and needs to prove himself.
That being said, I do truly believe, that Cormier is won significant win away from a title shot. Whether it’s a fight against a returning Rashad Evans or against the winner of the Phil Davis/Anthony Johnson fight, Cormier needs to prove he can hang with someone who wasn’t making coffee a few days before a fight.
At the end of the day, Cormier is a great fighter, and I have no doubt, that he will one day, battle for the UFC light heavyweight championship. However, he needs to keep fighting – and his choice in deciding to do so, is the right move.