Notable Strikeforce fighter Daniel Cormier has been rumored as a challenger for the UFC light heavyweight championship belt currently held by Jon Jones. Jones has decisively beaten many of the top fighters in the light heavyweight division, including “Shogun” Rua, Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, leaving many to wonder who is left for him to face. Adding Cormier to the division would immediately create an exciting matchup for Jones.
Since Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC, bought Strikeforce in early 2011, many top fighters from Strikeforce have immigrated to the UFC. Although Cormier has not yet done so, many fans have been intrigued by the idea. Apparently, UFC president Dana White is one of them. He was asked about the possibility of a Cormier-Jones matchup at a press event following last weekend’s UFC on Fuel show. He responded simply, “That’d be interesting; I like it.”
Cormier was the winner of the heavyweight grand prix Strikeforce put on last year, which included such notable fighters as Josh Barnett, Brett Rogers, Antonio Silva and Fedor Emelianenko. In spite of his success at heavyweight, however, Cormier has repeatedly hinted at the possibility of dropping down to the light heavyweight division. Since he is teammates with top UFC heavyweight Cain Velasquez, switching divisions would allow both fighters to pursue championship belts.
Cormier currently boasts a perfect 10-0 record. He competed as a wrestler in the 2004 Olympic Games; his wrestling has been one of his most effective weapons as a mixed martial artist so far, and would present a challenge that Jones has not yet had to face.