UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier (12-0) has hit full stride in training camp ahead of UFC 166 in Houston, TX. Cormier will face heavy-hitter Roy Nelson (19-8) in less than a month in what will be the last time he fights at heavyweight in the UFC for now.
When he steps in to face Nelson in the co-main event at UFC 166, Cormier told MMA Fight Corner he wants to make sure he puts an end to the talk that’s been stirred up.
“It was a fight they talked about making for us right after he knocked out Cheick Kongo and then it didn’t happen,” Cormier explained. “And then, he got offered the short notice fight and I did get offered the short notice fight too, but I wasn’t able to take it because of my hand. After, when I went to the doctor to try to take the fight, I wasn’t medically cleared to take the fight so I couldn’t do it.
“After that, Roy decided to say that I turned down the fight against him,” Cormier continued. “As I’ve said time and time again, if someone says that I’ve turned down a fight against him, I’ll probably pursue it. So that’s why I have so much interest in the fight. If you say I don’t want to fight you, there’s a good chance that I’m going to pursue that fight and try to fight you.”
“Picking a fight with me, I wouldn’t say is that smart,” Cormier stated.
After all, Cormier is undefeated and holds notable wins over Mir and Josh Barnett.
However, anyone who’s ever watched Nelson fight knows that he has a granite chin and right hand that lands with the power of Thor’s hammer.
As Cormier’s made clear, the upcoming battle will be the last time he fights at heavyweight. He is moving down to light heavyweight and is already on track to weigh in at 220 pounds come fight night which could be about 40 pounds less than Nelson weighs-in at.
“It’s actually coming off pretty fast which is kind of a little bit of a concern because I don’t want to be too too small for this fight,” Cormier explained. “I’m going to be noticeably lighter for this fight and hopefully it’ll help me, but I’ve got to be kind of careful. I don’t want to be too small because Roy weighed 260 last fight. If Roy weighs 240…I think that’s better for me because that isn’t that big.”
“Foot movement, just being athletic and explosive is going to help me. Creating great angles on my stand up and just mixing it up,” said Cormier. “I’ve got to take Roy down. I’ve got to give him a lot of things to worry about. I can’t stand in front of him because of his power and just give him a lot of movement and make him try and keep up with me in ways that I don’t think he can athletically.”
Check out the full interview with Daniel Cormier here: