Daniel Cormier Says He'll Take a Fight Instead of Waiting for a Title Shot
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.10.2014
He'll face whoever...
Daniel Cormier recently spoke about his next opponent and more. Check out the highlights:
On being willing to fight before he gets a title shot: "I want to fight. Listen, I'm 35 (years old) this month. I'm not going to sit on the shelf at this point. I feel great at this weight. I need a fight."
On why he wants to fight again: "I don't see the point in sitting out for, I mean, this is going to be a long time. If I was going to sit there and wait, I could potentially be 36 years old by the time I fight. Why would I waste a whole year of my career? I don't have that luxury."
On being willing to fight whoever the UFC asks: "Gustafsson didn't get his rematch (with Jones), he could have just waited, but instead, he fought. He's fighting who they put in front of him, and I think that's the situation that I'm going to be faced with."
On rooting for Jimi Manuwa to beat Gustafsson: "I was just being hopeful. Any competitor with any desire to be the best would be hopeful in that situation. I had nothing against Alexander, but I knew he was a roadblock in my journey to become champion. He's got so much momentum right now. That's why he's rightfully fighting for a title."
On not caring who he fights: "If the UFC said, ‘Jon Jones is hurt, so fight Alexander Gustafsson,' I'd say OK. It doesn't matter who these guys are. They're not in my gym every day. They're not Cain Velasquez, Kyle Kingsbury, Luke Rockhold, the guys that I train with every day. It doesn't matter who they are. They can all come in the octagon and fight me."
On Jones saying that he's unproven: "[Jones] is entitled to his opinion. He feels there's work to be done, which if you ask the 10 top light heavyweights, they'd probably say the same thing: ‘Daniel needs to win another fight.' That's all he really said. Do I believe Jon Jones is afraid of me or Alexander Gustafsson? Not for a second. He's defended that belt six times. Does he understand that right now, he's going into the toughest three-fight stretch of his career? Probably, yes. I do believe he understands that."