Daniel Cormier is in a position where few fighters ever find themselves.

On one hand, he’s an undefeated heavyweight who is coming off a victory over former UFC champ Frank Mir. On the other, a move to light heavyweight seems a logical choice and the promise of a title shot looms in the distance for Cormier.

The former Olympian likely isn’t too far from a title shot at heavyweight either, but that’s where things begin to get a bit murky. Cormier’s friend and training partner is Cain Velasquez, who also happens to be the current UFC champion. The two have said in the past that they have no plans of facing each other inside the Octagon.

Although Cormier has kept his intentions close to the chest, it seems pretty obvious that he will drop to 205 pounds for his next contest. After all, why would he say no to an immediate title shot if he can make weight? He’s talked about taking a tune-up fight for his first contest at 205 pounds before, and with a victory, Cormier would certainly be headling a card for the UFC light heavyweight strap.

Plenty of current light heavyweights may be unhappy about this, and they have every right to be mad. Many of them, such as Lyoto Machida and Alexander Gustafsson, have put in years’ worth of hard work to climb the rankings at light heavyweight.  Yet all of the 205ers in the UFC fall victim to the “Jon Jones effect.” Jones has been so dominant at 205 pounds that it’s hard for any fan to claim anyone in the division as the guy to take Jones out. The champ is simply too good for any relevant fights to occur at light heavyweight. That might change if Cormier drops down a weight class, as the intrigue for a Cormier-Jones bout could equate to some high pay-per-view buys.

But is it fair that Cormier gets to essentialy cut in line at 205 pounds for a title shot?

The answer to this has to be absolutely, yes.

Let’s look at Cormier’s body of work thus far in his career. For one, there’s his amateur wrestling career which took him to the heights of being an Olympic-level athlete.  Combine that with some very notable names who’ve fallen to Cormier in the MMA cage and you have a very credible title challenger. Cormier completely outclassed Josh Barnett for five rounds, including a highlight-reel slam that would’ve made Hulk Hogan jealous. He also dropped Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, the man now challenging for the UFC heavyweight title.

Cormier has the resume, both in MMA and outside it, that would warrant him to be considered a top contender. He may not even have to face Jones due to the light heavyweight champion seeming content on moving up to heavyweight after his next title defense later this year. With a dominant champion potentially out of the way, there’s no reason why Cormier shouldn’t be considered an elite light heavyweight. It’s hard to argue with the results, and thus far into his career, Cormier’s results are looking like those of a champion.

Photo: Daniel Cormier has his hand raised in victory (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.