Daniel Cormier has hinted that light heavyweight could be in his future after facing Frank Mir later this year at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez. If, the former Olympian takes that path, UFC president Dana White is all for it.
“At 205, I think he’s be a beast,” White said. “I want him wherever he wants to be. I just think that’s where he’s going to end up.”
One of the reasons behind the division change concerns current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Cormier and Velasquez are teammates, training partners and close friends at American Kickboxing Academy, and appear set to not face each other inside the Octagon.
“The relationship with Cain, he’s Cain’s wrestling coach,” White said. “I think that’s what they’re going to have to do. They’re going to have him got o 205. Or, who knows. Maybe they will fight. Maybe they’ll say, ‘We’re pros. We can fight.’ I don’t think so, but maybe.”
Velasquez will defend his title against Antonio Silva next, and a loss could change the future of Cormier going forward. “DC” is a perfect 10-0 in his career and won the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last year.