COMMENTARY | Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier seems intent on dropping down to 205 pounds to challenge light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones for his belt, but he's bent on cutting the weight the right way.
Daniel's views on shedding weight aren't surprising, considering the fact his last attempt to cut down to the 205 pound range almost cost him his life when his kidneys gave up on him. Fortunately, Cormier survived the life-threatening incident, but it did rob him of the opportunity to wrestle for the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics.
For Cormier (12-0-0, 5 KOs), the key to avoiding a similar situation this time around is to cut the weight slowly while still competing as a heavyweight.
"I cannot drop massive amounts of weight any more. My body will not allow it to happen," Cormier said during a recent interview with Steph Daniels. "Can I diet down and make the weight? Yes. Do I want to take six months to do it? Yes. Do I want to not fight during that time? No chance. Heavyweight is anything over 206 pounds. Anybody over 206 pounds can be a fight for me, on my way down to 205."
Even though some might think that Cormier -- who is one of the smaller guys in the big-boy division -- competing as a heavyweight while cutting down to 205 leaves him at a disadvantage since he'll be giving up even more size inside the Octagon, "DC" feels any experience fighting at a lighter weight will only make his move to the light-heavyweight division easier.
"Could I fight at 205 in November? Yes. Could I fight at 205 in August? No," Daniel added. "I could fight at 220 in August. Even if I'm fighting a 250 pound guy, it doesn't matter. I could be 220 and still be in the cage, getting experience as I'm making my way down. 220 is the perfect weight, because when I'm cut to 205, I'll be 220 the next night in the cage."
If Cormier is as serious about going down to the light-heavyweight division as he says he is, he shouldn't have any problems losing the weight. At only 5 feet 10 inches, Cormier aka "Black Fedor" has a small frame for a heavyweight, and like the Russian legend he's nicknamed after, he doesn't exactly have a hard body. While most fighters who move down to lower weight classes often have to lose some muscle with the cut, Daniel should be able to cut down to 220 pounds by only reducing his body fat.
Heck, if DC -- who weighed in at 235 pounds for his UFC on Fox 8 bout against Frank Mir -- reduces his body fat percentage to Benson Henderson-like levels, I highly doubt he would even weigh as much as 220 pounds.
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