According to comments from Daniel Cormier (11-0), he plans to make the drop down to light heavyweight after his UFC debut. Josh Barnett (32-6) who faced Cormier in Strikeforce has his doubts about the move.
“I would stay at heavyweight if I was him,” said Barnett to Bloody Elbow. “At the end of the day the fans want to see the heavyweights. That’s where the money is. That’s where the interest lies.”
Even before Cormier finished his final Strikeforce appearance, there had been talk that the former Olympic wrestler was looking to recede to a lighter weight class. He had been speaking about facing Frank Mir first as a heavyweight, and then taking some time off to make the cut as a light heavyweight.
Cormier will meet Mir at UFC on FOX 7. The two were originally set to fight on the November Strikeforce card before Mir went down with an injury. That fight now happens on April 20 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.
Barnett is familiar with Cormier, after he was defeated by him for the Strikeforce Grand Prix championship. The loss snapped Barnett’s eight fight win streak.
After the final Strikeforce show, the UFC announced that Cormier would join their promotion, but Barnett didn’t make the initial list of names.