Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier (16-1) will square off against Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-3) in the main event of this weekend’s UFC 192. Even though Cormier is the 205 pound champion, he’s received the bulk of his wins against Heavyweight competition and was the winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. However a ton has changed since then and the UFC Champion says not only will he never go back to that weight class but the athletes that compete in the Heavyweight division thoroughly scare him.
“When I made that decision, I was fine fighting guys those size,” Cormier said at a Monday media event promoting his UFC 192 fight against Alexander Gustafsson. “Now I’m not fine with it, I’m fighting in this division against guys who are more my size. When I grab these dudes, compared to the other guys, the difference is unbelievable. It’s unbelievable how much smaller they are.”
“I’m scared of Josh Barnett,” Cormier said. “I’m scared of every one of them. I walk past them and I’m like, ‘that dude is huge.’ Andrei Arlovski is massive. What in the world would I have done if I had to fight him? He’s thick, big, and tall. I’ve trained with him. I’m looking at him and going, dude, did I shrink or are these dudes that much bigger than me?”
“My biggest concern with this is, early, guys will try to go around it, and they’ll get in trouble,” said Cormier. “This is what I think. From personal experience with guys in wrestling, they’ll go around it, and they’ll get in trouble. When USADA came on board, these guys have no idea what they’re getting into. This is a whole different level. If you have been doing things, and you think you’re going to continue to get away with it with USADA on board, you’re in trouble.”
Cormier may say he is scared of the Heavyweight division yet he holds victories over 6 past or current fighters that fought in the UFC’s Heavyweight class including 5 that are currently ranked. #14 Soa Palelei, Jeff Monson, #11 Antonio Silva, #6 Josh Barnett, #10 Frank Mir and #12 Roy Nelson have all fallen to DC.