UFC president Dana White once promised Daniel Cormier a title shot if he dropped down to light heavyweight. Well now Cormier is ready to make that transition, winning his last heavyweight bout this past weekend at UFC 166.
Unfortunately, there’s an obstacle in the way of that deal. Namely, Glover Teixeira is next in line for a shot at the belt, and if light heavyweight champion Jon Jones can beat him, Alexander Gustaffson may be up for a rematch.
Instead, at the post-UFC 166 press confernece, Dana White stated that Cormier might in fact be Gustaffson’s next opponent. That match-up would make a lot of sense, as it would fill that slot for Gustaffson, and also put a victorious Cormier in line for a title shot after Teixeira. And if Cormier were to lose, a rematch between Jones and Gustaffson would make itself available.
White cautioned though that Cormier’s weight cut might not be as smooth as the fighter is clearly hoping it would be.
“At 205, I don’t know. I don’t how he’s going to fit into 205,” White said. “The 205-pound division has been one of the, if not the, nastiest division in the UFC forever. Guys are faster. A lot of guys are taller in that division. It’s just not an easy division to cut down to.”