Current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormeir is moving up in weight to attempt to become the second-ever dual-weight champion in UFC history.
"DC" will be challenging UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for the moniker of "Baddest Man On The Planet" after they finish coaching opposite one another in the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Cormier comes off a successful title defense over Volkan Oezdemir in which he finished his Swedish counterpart. He has some steep competition in Miocic, who is statistically the most successful heavyweight in UFC history.
Miocic has racked up six straight wins inside the Octagon and won five of those by way of crushing knockout. While Cormier is looking forward to attempting to make history, top-ranked 205-pound contender Alexander Gustafsson is not too hot about the idea.
Gustafsson is arguably the next man in line to challenge for the title, but it looks like he'll have to wait a long time for a shot at the title or take another fight and put his opportunity on the line against another fighter.
"The Mauler" recently told The MMA Hour that he feels Cormier is "playing it safe" by facing Miocic instead of him, as he has everything to gain in a fight at heavyweight and absolutely nothing to lose (quotes via MMA Mania):
“I’ve been a little bit frustrated because I was counting on the DC fight,” the Swedish striker told The MMA Hour.
“Me and him fighting for the belt again, that was my plan, so I’m a little bit frustrated, a little bit disappointed.
"He knows I’m here and he knows I’m waiting for him. It feels like he’s just playing it safe, and he has everything to gain in that fight and nothing to lose.”
Back in 2015 Cormier defeated Gustafsson after a tremendous five round fight for the title with a close split decision.
A rematch would certainly be welcomed by the mixed martial arts (MMA) community after what the two men did inside the Octagon the first time around.
What are your thoughts on Gustafsson's frustrations with having to wait for a possible fight with Daniel Cormier since he's moving up to heavyweight? Do you think that Cormier will win the heavyweight title and become the second-ever dual weight champion in UFC history? And what are Gustafsson's chances in a rematch against Cormier for the light heavyweight title? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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