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Wednesday, 07/24/2013, 02:00 pm

“DC” to Demand Light Heavyweight Title Shot Following Win Over Roy Nelson at UFC 166

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| Daniel Cormier has always had his eyes set on gold…but at this point in time, it’s not at his current home of heavyweight.

“DC” is a current top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight stables but we have long suspected an eventual drop to light heavyweight. We’ve even heard it from both Dana White and Cormier himself: the long term goal is a reign at 205 pounds and a drop could be granted an immediate title fight.

Cormier is currently undefeated (12-0) and has recently been pushing for a fight with “Big Country” Roy Nelson, despite his plans to eventually go down in weight.

We found out that the UFC has granted that wish for “DC” and has given Nelson a new contract in the process. The organization has scheduled the two men to meet at the upcoming UFC 166 event in Texas on October 19th and apparently Cormier is planning on breaking some big news following his predicted win in that bout.

That fight will seemingly mark Cormier’s final fight at heavyweight and he revealed last night on FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” that he was not only already making a gradual cut down to the 205 pound division, but he also claimed that he was planning on calling out the light heavyweight champion following a projected win over “Big Country”.

Jon Jones is scheduled to defend his light heavyweight crown in September against Alexander Gustafsson and Cormier is calling for a fight with the winner.

Cormier made his UFC debut in April and he ran through former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, in the process. That moved his winning streak to 12 and really convinced many people that weren’t already sold on his skills that he is indeed one of the most well-versed fighters in the game today.

He is undoubtedly one of the top contenders in the heavyweight division but with his training partner Cain Velasquez currently holding the title in that weight class,  a move to light heavyweight seems to make the most sense.

So, with Cormier saying that a win over Big Country at UFC 166 should earn him a title fight at the weight class below, do any fans think that he doesn’t deserve to, as Cormier put it, “cut the line” of contenders at 205? Let’s hear some feedback and opinions, Penn Nation! Sound off.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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