Cormier out-wrestled and eventually submitted Dan Henderson at UFC 173, placing himself in an optimal position to soon fight for the division’s championship belt. That was his second win after moving from heavyweight to the light heavyweight division in a campaign to achieve UFC gold.
The men he faces may not pose the biggest threat to Cormier, however, who has had a rather dramatic past when it comes to cutting weight. He was forced to withdraw from the 2008 Olympics after suffering kidney failure while trying to cut weight before wrestling in the Games. Ironic how getting to the ring is sometimes more dangerous for a fighter than the actual fight itself. The dehydration associated with weight cut can result in Chronic Kidney Disease and Acute Renal Failure, and can make MMA competitors much more susceptible to concussions, torn tissue and broken bones.
Should Jones defeat Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 177, his next opponent will most likely be Cormier, who, by then, is hopefully accustomed to maintaining his weight near the 205-pound mark. In another twist of weight-related irony, the man he so hungrily pursues is considering a jump up in weight class to the heavyweight division. If somehow the circumstances do not favor a Cormier-Jones bout at light heavyweight, it is easy to see how Cormier could happily oblige and make the easy climb back up in weight class, if only to face Jones as he so eagerly wishes to do.
As Cormier said about Jones in his post-UFC 173 rant: “…you can run, but you can’t hide.”