It’s always interesting what guys who fight on the same team will talk about doing if presented with fighting a teammate for a title. Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch both discussed moving up to middleweight from welterweight before respective fights with Georges St. Pierre in case either were to defeat the champion.
Thus comes an interesting quote from Daniel Cormier, two time Olympic team member and stablemate at AKA with current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Perhaps the best prospect not under the UFC banner, properly, in the division he also appears to want to avoid fighting his friend. He had some interesting words with Yahoo Sports lately:
“It’ll be a very difficult fight for us to do. It will have to be worth it to us financially. We share the same coaches and the same management team. We’d have to address this as a group, with [manager] Bob Cook, Javier. I don’t want to be just a good fighter. I want to be the best in the world. I could be in line for a championship but if it came down to us, I’d much rather go to 205. That would eliminate a lot of things. We have a great thing going at AKA, to avoid a lot of negatives, to avoid people having to choose sides, I’d rather move to 205, maybe beat someone, and then face Jon Jones. I’d have to have that fight instead of Cain.”
It’s interesting to hear him talk about cutting weight to get down to 205 considering he nearly died the last time he made a massive cut that far down at the 2008 Olympics. His body had severe problems with the rehydration process after cutting down to 212 lbs (roughly).
Tags: Cain Velasquez, daniel cormier, Mixed Martial Arts