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Old 10-23-2013, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana White open to Daniel Cormier facing Alexander Gustafsson in his LHW debut!

Lets do it! This is the best test for him. If he can beat Gustaf then that's a very good indication on where he stands for many reasons.

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At UFC 166 last weekend, UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier put on a dominant performance in his unanimous decision victory over TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson. Through the 15 minute bout, Cormier battered Nelson from pillar to post. Early in the fight, he wore down Big Country with his wrestling and in the clinch, while later he roughed him up on the feet.

On his Tuesday night appearance on Fox Sports Live, UFC president Dana White gave his response to DC's performance (via Fox Sports):

I thought he looked million percent better than the fight he had with Frank Mir," White told FOX Sports. "He out wrestled him, he beat him standing up, he was kicking more than Roy. Roy was just standing there getting lit up. At 205, I don't how he's going to fit in the 205 (division).
White's referencing Cormier declaring his intent to move to the Light Heavyweight division in his post-fight interview. Cormier has been teasing the idea for a long time now, while building up a rivalry with champion Jon Jones. With Jones currently slated to fight Glover Teixeira in spring 2014, DC probably won't be getting an immediate title shot, though.

When asked about the possibility of Cormier facing former contender and Jones toughest fight to date Alexander Gustafsson for his LHW debut, White was open to the idea, saying "Yeah, maybe."

"The Mauler" was on a 6-fight tear prior to challenging Jones for the title at UFC 165. Despite being counted out by most pundits, Gustafsson went the full 5 rounds with Jones in a fight that many thought he won.

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Old 10-23-2013, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that would be a bad idea. If you have Gustoff vs Lil Nog for example and DC vs Davis or whoever else, you could have 2 contenders lined up for JBJ/Texeira winner, but if DC and Gustoff fight each other, you only end up with one contender and 1 derailed big fight.
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I'm not opposed. Bones or Gus, Davis needs to actually win a fight before he is mentioned with either of these guys.
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I don't hate it but I kind of see what Volcom is saying. It kind of closes the doors for a rematch with Gus or it will close the doors for a D.C. vs Jones fight. I'd rather both Gus and D.C win their next fights and have two fights for Jones I can get behind.
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I'm not opposed. Bones or Gus, Davis needs to actually win a fight before he is mentioned with either of these guys.
Are you talking about the same Davis that submitted Gus in the first round?
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Are you talking about the same Davis that submitted Gus in the first round?
Yep, too bad for him he didn't do that to Gus this year instead of 3 and half years ago, all things considered, it would have a far more significant value then had that been the case.
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This would ruin the LHW card IMO. It ruins a Jones/Gus rematch. I would want him to fight someone like Davis.
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Cormier is a tough stylistic matchup for Gustafsson. Although this would be a fair matchup I would prefer others since I really want to see Gus get another shot at Jones.
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Davis has three wins in a row with the last being over Machida as well as his win over gus, he's as qualified as anyone to fight a top opponent.

Besides JBJ is running out of challengers again, put him in and lets see how it pans out. Until Cormier signs a contract to fight someone, anyone at LHW Ill consider him a heavyweight.
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Dana might want Gus to be DC's first opponent at LHW but DC does'nt sound like he's interested, at least not yet.


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On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, the undefeated former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament champion explained why he wants to have his first fight at 205 pounds here in the United States.

"I have no problem fighting Alexander Gustafsson, not at all," Cormier said. "The one thing I'm concerned about, being that its going to be my first time down at 205, I know that Gustafsson is going to fight in Europe somewhere. Whether it's Sweden or somewhere else in Europe, I don't want to be making my first weight cut down to 205 overseas. I know what I'm going to need, I want to find saunas here in the United States and all the food that I'm comfortable with in order to make the weight."

So with Gustafsson, one of the few names all but guaranteed to sell out a European arena, apparently a no-go, who does that leave? Several top light heavyweights already have matchups lined up. But among the bigger names without a dance partner are Phil Davis and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

"Those are all big fights," Cormier said. "These are the fights that matter. I'm going to need if I'm going to put myself in position to win the championship. I want to fight for the title, man. That was the reason I went. I thought that was going to be my first fight. It doesn't seem that way, in the division I've moved on. To me, L'll Nog, that makes a great fight. Any of those guys, I want a big fight."


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