In January, Daniel Cormier (pictured) announced he’d fight former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir in his big league debut then drop to the light heavyweight class and “kick Jon Jones’ ass” to capture the crown.
Fast forward just four months and Cormier is singing a somewhat different tune. With showtime just 11 days away, the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner says shedding the excess pounds to compete at light heavyweight isn’t even crossing his mind.
“I’ve got such an important fight on my hands in this next one that I’ve kind of strayed away from that thought process,” Cormier revealed during Tuesday’s conference call. “I’m not thinking about the 205-pound division right now. I’ve stated time and time again that I want to be UFC champion. If that means going down to the weight below, then I would do that.
“I have the toughest fight of my career in front of me and I can’t focus on that right now. Once we get past Frank, we can talk about that other stuff.”
Cormier’s comments aren’t much of a surprise. It’s textbook pre-fight MMA math – B doesn’t exist if you can’t solve A.
Another part of the equation is Jones must successfully defend his crown later this month against Chael Sonnen at UFC 159.
If all goes according to plan for Cormier, A + B = C, with “C” standing for championship.
Cormier and Mir co-headline UFC on FOX 7 on April 20.