Daniel Cormier recently revealed that he would remain at heavyweight, at the very minimum, for his next fight.
The UFC has yet to schedule Cormier’s next bout, but the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner on Saturday night made clear when he would like to fight again.
“I want to fight on the first card on FOX Sports 1 in Boston on Aug. 17,” he declared during Fuel TV’s UFC on FX 8 post-fight coverage. “And I hope my man Chael Sonnen is fighting Wanderlei Silva next to me. Put us on the card, boss!”
The timeline for Boston would make sense for Cormier, considering he is fresh off of a unanimous decision victory over Frank Mir on April 20 at UFC on Fox 7.
Roy Nelson has been mentioned as a possible next opponent, but the UFC has not made any official comment on what is next for Cormier.
His intent, however, is to continue fighting at heavyweight, continuing to gain experience, while working his way down to light heavyweight.
“I always thought if I were to go down I would need a lot of time to do it. I think that still applies, but I would like to still fight,” Cormier told MMAWeekly.com official content Bleacher Report recently.
“At the end of the day I can’t cut massive amounts of weight. That’s well documented from my problems in the Olympic games. But I can diet, and when I’m dieting I can still fight. Can I fight at 205? No. Because it’s too much weight to cut in a short period of time. But could I fight a heavyweight fight and just be a little lighter? I think so.”
Sonnen had been heavily lobbying for a fight with Wanderlei Silva, but after goading the former Pride champion with little response, talk of that fight has cooled.
Sonnen, during the same UFC on FX 8 post-fight show, was also asked what was next for him. He had little detail to reveal, but took the opportunity to take another jab at Silva.
“At some point my skills will diminish and my athletic abilities will go down. And when they do, I’ll either join the NFL or fight Wanderlei Silva. But at this point I’m looking ahead and I don’t know what’s next.”