Have you thought about the outcome of the Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson fight in relation to the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos title fight Saturday? We’ve already heard that Cormier will supposedly be dropping to 205 win or lose, but is that really set in stone?
If DC beats Nelson—and if Dos Santos beats Velasquez—doesn’t that put him in line for the heavyweight title? Wasn’t the only thing keeping DC form fighting for the title—and the primary reason for his drop to light heavyweight—the fact that friend and training partner Velasquez holds the belt? Seems like maybe Daniel shouldn’t make any rash decisions. In a division that is pretty wide open aside for the top 2, Cormier would sit right alongside the Josh Barnett/Travis Browne winner.
That’s a much shorter waiting list than he’d find at 205. He’s already behind Glover Teixeira, who will get next crack at Jones around March of 2014. Then, already waiting in the wings is a highly anticipated rematch with Alexander Gustafsson. Suddenly “jumping the line’ became a little more difficult for DC.
And what if Nelson wins? He too has suggested he’d drop to light heavyweight. But likewise, his wait at 205 would be even longer. He doesn’t quite carry the same clout Cormier does right now. Big Country also doesn’t have a built-in rivalry with Jones like Cormier does. I wouldn’t call Nelson an immediate contender, but a win over Cormier would surely go a long way to help people forget about his loss to Stipe Miocic this summer.
I’ve raised a lot of “what ifs” in this article without supplying many answers. But for both Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson, perhaps playing chess by thinking 2 moves ahead could be a little hasty.