Daniel Cormier, a light heavyweight champ made a title defense against top contender Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220 on Jan 20th in Boston.
DC made it look easy against Oezdemir, dominating the challenger with superior wrestling and top control en route to a second-round stoppage. He never once appeared to be in trouble, even during the first opening minutes, where Oezdemir was at his most dangerous.
UFC brass Dana White’s desire to see a fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will go unfulfilled so long as Cormier believes there’s any chance of Cain Velasquez returning to the title situation.
Cormier began his career at heavyweight, gaining much success and even winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2010.
Cormier has distanced himself from the idea of returning to heavyweight, mainly because his teammate is a constant contender for the belt. Velasquez has been plagued by injuries for years, though, so Cormier continues to get annoyed about the situation.
Velasquez recently indicated he’s near a return, though, and when presented with the idea of potential Miocic matchup at UFC 220’s post-fight news conference, Cormier brushed off the idea.
Recent, edition of UFC Tonight, where Daniel Cormier put his stance that he will stick to his realistic weight class of 205 pounds because he ‘can’t beat’ Velasquez: (Via BloodyElbow)
“You know, I still wouldn’t favor anybody against Cain Velasquez but obviously I’m a bit biased. But man, you got to look at those big dudes and know that that’s really not my weight class. I’m not as big. I mean, I know my face looks really fat right now compared to last weekend but those are heavyweights and heavyweights, those are the lands of the giants, man and i’m going to steer clear of those boys. And if somebody beats Cain Velasquez, just know that they’re probably going to beat me too because I can’t beat Cain *laughs*.”
Daniel Cormier addresses the final 420 days of his career on @UFCTonight…
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Back in 2015, Cain Velasquez lost his heavyweight bout to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188 and hasn’t fought since his TKO victory over Travis Browne at UFC 200.
Recently, Cormier has vowed to retire from mixed martial arts by March 2019 and is content to rule the light heavyweight for the time being.