Daniel Cormier Says He's Keeping His Weight Off After UFC 170 Win
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.24.2014
He won't do the whole process again...
Daniel Cormier recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his plans to keep his weight off: "I've got to do that regardless, whether I'm fighting or not. I can't get so far away from the weight that I have to restart this whole process. I'm going to stay as close as I need to be. I'd like to fight again (soon), but it seems like everybody's pretty much tied up. I guess I stay ready and if someone gets injured, the fight makes sense. I'll fight anytime. They've got some big fights coming up. If anybody gets hurt, they can give me a call."
On how he felt at light heavyweight: "I felt pretty good. I felt like I could fight long. I felt like I was in shape. When I was at heavyweight, I kind of would feel guys out a little bit. I think these guys are a little faster, so I may not be able to do that anymore."
On things getting personal between him and Cummins leading up to the fight: "Obviously when you start hearing things about what happened in the wrestling room, I like to keep that stuff personal. I was going through a lot of things at the time. It did upset me. But once I get into the cage, my emotion doesn't drive me. I fight like I'm going to fight regardless. That's what a training camp's for. You can make me mad, and we can fuss at the press conference, but I'll never carry that into the cage. Once I got into the octagon, I was fine. He could've been anyone else, and I would've competed the same way that I did."
On his progression as a fighter: "Every time I fight now, I feel more comfortable. I'm scared of myself. I went from being really nervous to now there's no nerves whatsoever. Against Nelson, against Cummins – no nerves. The thing I took from the fight more than anything is that my power actually carried me a lot further than it did at heavyweight because the same uppercut I hurt Patrick with the first time, I landed against Frank Mir maybe 15 times. I did it against Roy Nelson, Josh Barnett. Those guys just kind of ate them. It visibly affected him tonight. My power's going to carry me a lot further in this division because I'm not as small (next to my opponents)."