No one knew how former heavyweight Daniel Cormier would fare in the 205-pound division, especially against former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in the co-main event of UFC 170. After UFC 170, we still don’t know as Evans pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Patrick Cummins.
Cormier dominated Cummins with ease and notched a win in his light heavyweight debut, but his level of competition was heavily scrutinized given Cummins total number of bouts was just four before stepping in against Cormier.
Since his win, a potential title shot seemed imminent for Cormier against the division’s champ, Jon Jones, as the two have a long-standing rivalry outside of the cage.
While UFC president Dana White confirmed that Cormier will get a shot at the title next, he also confirmed he is third in line, behind Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.
@FantasyMoneyMan u will see him against the winner of Jones/Glover vs Gus
— Dana White (@danawhite) March 9, 2014
Teixeira will fight Jones on April 26th at UFC 172 while Gustafsson earned himself another crack at the title with his recent win over Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night: London.
This may not sit well with Cormier, though, who may not want to sit on the sidelines and instead, get back in there to gain some more traction at 205 as he told MMAJunkie.
“I don’t see the point in sitting out for, I mean, this is going to be a long time,” Cormier said. “If I was going to sit there and wait, I could potentially be 36 years old by the time I fight. Why would I waste a whole year of my career? I don’t have that luxury.”
Either way, we will have you kept up-to-date on Cormier’s next step on SciFighting.com