Daniel Cormier knows what weight issues can do to his body.
During his previous run to the Olympics, Cormier was forced to sit on the sidelines after his body shut down due to cutting weight. So, while he is happy to move down to light heavyweight from heavyweight, he just wants to be given time to do it properly.
“I’m not backing out of this. I would love to fight for the championship, but I need time, and I don’t want to be inactive while I diet down. I’ve only been active for a short period of time, and I don’t have time to waste. I’m 34 years old, and I need to be in the cage. I’ve just got to be fighting as I’m doing the move down,” said Cormier, during a recent interview with BloodyElbow.com. “Could I fight at 205 in November? Yes. Could I fight at 205 in August? No. I could fight at 220 in August. Even if I’m fighting a 250 pound guy, it doesn’t matter. I could be 220 and still be in the cage, getting experience as I’m making my way down. 220 is the perfect weight, because when I’m cut to 205, I’ll be 220 the next night in the cage.”
Cormier made his Octagon debut last month, besting former UFC champion Frank Mir. He has made it known that he will not fight Cain Velasquez, the reigning UFC champion, as they are close training partners and friends.
I cannot drop massive amounts of weight any more. My body will not allow it to happen. Can I diet down and make the weight? Yes. Do I want to take six months to do it? Yes. Do I want to not fight during that time? No chance. Heavyweight is anything over 206 pounds. Anybody over 206 pounds can be a fight for me, on my way down to 205.
Where would you prefer to see Cormier compete at, light heavyweight or heavyweight? The options at heavyweight seem to be more interesting outside of Jon Jones, but he would likely be a force at 205, as well.