Remember when Daniel Cormier (pictured) snatched the mic after disposing of Dion Staring in his final Strikeforce fight and claimed he was going to “kick Jon Jones’ ass” this fall?
Well, get ready to hear that same spiel again if Cormier beats Roy Nelson at UFC 166.
On this week’s edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight,” Cormier told reporter Ariel Helwani that October’s scrap against Nelson marks his final heavyweight contest, and if victorious, he will ask UFC brass to leapfrog the light heavyweight line for an immediate shot at Jones’ title.
Cormier has never competed in the 205-pound division during his brief four-year MMA career. There was a point when Cormier claimed shedding the pounds required to compete at light heavyweight would be difficult given the kidney problems that prevented him from competing in the 2008 Olympics.
That apparently is no longer a concern for the 34-year-old.
In addition, Cormier believes his AKA teammate Cain Velasquez will have a stranglehold on the UFC heavyweight hardware for quite some time and a change of scenery will be his best shot at hoisting a belt.
For Cormier to have a legitimate chance at cutting the light heavyweight line, the wrestler needs to finish Nelson in devastating fashion considering he admittedly “laid an egg” in his big league debut in a unanimous decision victory over Frank Mir.
Nelson hasn’t been knocked out since Andrei Arlovski did it 11 fights ago in an EliteXC bout in 2008.
Jones is slated to defend his throne against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165.