Dana White Says Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson Is Possible
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.20.2013
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MMA Junkie reports that UFC President Dana White has said a light-heavyweight fight between Daniel Cormier (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Alexander Gustafsson (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is possible. Cormier defeated Roy Nelson (19-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC) by decision at UFC 166 last night. He said before the fight he would drop to light heavyweight, likely in order to avoid a fight with champion and American Kickboxing Academy teammate Cain Velasquez, who knocked out Junior Dos Santos on the same show.
Cormier is a two-time Olympian. He turned pro in 2009 and has defeated Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett and Frank Mir. White said that his challengers will not be easier in a lighter weight class.
He said: "At 205, I don't know. I don't how he's going to fit into 205. The 205-pound division has been one of the, if not the, nastiest division in the UFC forever. Guys are faster. A lot of guys are taller in that division. It's just not an easy division to cut down to."
He previously said that Cormier could get a title shot immediately with the change, but now it will be Jon Jones (19-1 MMA, 13-1 UFC) defending against Glover Teixeira (22-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in March or April. When asked if Gustafsson (who lost by split decision to Jones at UFC 165) could be the next opponent, White simply said "yeah".
The fight would like be to decide who is the next to face Jones (or Teixeira, if he wins). White thinks that while Cormier will have a tough road ahead in the light heavyweight division, he has momentum on his side.
He added: "I thought Cormier looked a million percent better than in the fight he had against Frank Mir. He wrestled [Nelson]. He beat him standing up. He was kicking more than Roy, who just standing there getting lit up."