Daniel Cormier Says He Would Fight Alexander Gustafsson at Light Heavyweight
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.23.2013
But he would rather the fight happen in the US…
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC fighter Daniel Cormier this week. Cormier discussed his plans for light heavyweight and who he might fight there first since Jon Jones is currently lined up to face Glover Teixeira early next year.
Cormier on possibly facing Alexander Gustafsson: "By all means, if it was Alexander Gustafsson, with the momentum that he's built after that fight, I would love it. With that being said, it will be my first time going down to 205. Alexander Gustafsson is fighting in Europe, and I do not want to make my first weight cut overseas."
Cormier on wanting to fight Gustafsson in the US if they fight and not overseas: "I think that's valid because I've wrestled my whole life. I know how much harder it is to make weight overseas than it is in the United States. In the U.S., all the food that I'm going to need is easily accessible. There are 24-hour grocery stores. If I miscalculate something, we can always find a 24-hour Fitness, and it's not like that overseas. It's a huge difference. So if it's set that Alexander is fighting overseas, no, I don't want to fight Alexander Gustafsson…Honestly, it's not my choice. I'm just putting out what I would prefer. At the end of the day, it's not my choice. But just in terms of trying to protect everybody involved, I think that would probably be smart."
Cormier on his goal of being light heavyweight champion: "With MMA, memories are so short, so if you have a guy that has a great performance, and a couple of weeks later, somebody else has a really, really good performance, they can just jump that guy," Cormier said. "So you want to have your great performance along the same time as the person or the people that you're pursuing. So if my ultimate goal is to be the light heavyweight champion, I have to be around the time when Jones and Glover are fighting. Because otherwise, I could fight a month-and-a-half before, and by the time they fight, what if the co-main event in that fight, Davis versus, say, Mousasi, and Phil looks great. Now my win a couple of months ago doesn't seem so impressive because Phil looked great. So you have to be thoughtful and stay in tune with the decision. Otherwise, you just kind of get passed."