I love when it’s fight week and there is still news going on. Daniel Cormier has recently said that whether he wins or loses to Roy Nelson at UFC 166, he will drop to Light Heavyweight. Someplace, somewhere, Jon Jones is sweating or smiling. This is huge news because, in my opinion, the Light-Heavyweight division is getting a little boring. Jones needs more intriguing match-ups, and Cormier is just the person to do it.
Cormier has been making waves in the Heavyweight division ever since he won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. He then debuted in the Octagon and won a decision against Frank Mir. He used his wrestling to control the fight and picked his shots wisely. Cormier fought like a true veteran in that fight, and he will become more comfortable in his next couple of fights and really open up to his potential. What makes this move so exciting is that Cormier is used to fighting huge guys, guys like Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett. Jon Jones is a big guy but not Heavyweight big. Cormier has been punched in the face by those guys and is still standing.
He is going to have a huge strength advantage in his new division and probably carry a huge amount of confidence into it because he fought much bigger guys. Not to mention, the Light-Heavyweight division is really running out of legitimate contenders. Cormier could already be considered a contender because of his accomplishments at Heavyweight. There was a time when the Light-Heavyweight division was the best division in the UFC; I think we are about to see that again.