Cormier Not Interested in Fighting Gustafsson Overseas For 205 Debut
By FCF Staff
Now that Daniel Cormier is set to make his move to light-heavyweight, following his win over Roy Nelson at UFC 166, the consensus appears to be he should fight Alexander Gustafsson next. Not only are both men available for fights, but a win over the other would certainly lock up a title shot with the winner of Jon Jones-Glover Teixeira.
Well, since the fight has been proposed, Cormier has relayed he has serious reservations about making his light-heavyweight debut abroad, as Gustafsson is expected to fight in his native Sweden next. When Cormier was asked on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight” about the possibility of fighting Gustafsson next, the renowned wrestler reiterated his concerns.
“I have no problem fighting Alexander Gustafsson, but my concern is Alexander is going to fight in Europe somewhere next. I don’t want to make my first cut down to 205 oversees. I need food here in the US. I would fight him, but I’d rather not do it overseas.”
“I want the fights that matter, that I need if I’m going to fight for the title. Moving to 205, I wanted to fight for the title. I want big fights. Give me Lil’ Nog. I want big fights that will make me a contender.”
Nogueira, who is coming off a decision win over Rashad Evans and is the promotion’s #5 ranked 205′er, is currently not booked for a fight. Neither is the UFC’s #3 positioned Phil Davis, who earned a decision win over Lyoto Machida in his last outing.
The only other top ten light-heavyweights not currently signed to fights are the aforementioned Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi.