Daniel Cormier is not going back to heavyweight division, IV ban or not

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The UFC's partnership with the USADA came into effect today.

This marks new regulations within the organisation, and bans post-fight IV rehydration which has led to mass speculation that many UFC fighters will move up weight divisions.


Daniel Cormier has reassured everyone that he won't be among that group. The UFC light heavyweight champion was undefeated before dropping down to 205 pounds in February 2014, but can't foresee a future where he'd go back to 265.


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The Texan born fighter originally made the move so he wouldn't cross paths with training partner and former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, but the 36-year-old says since making the move, the competition has been much more preferable:

"When I made that decision, I was fine fighting guys those size," Cormier said at a Monday media event promoting his UFC 192 fight against Alexander Gustafsson. "Now I'm not fine with it."

"I'm fighting in this division against guys who are more my size. When I grab these dudes, compared to the other guys, the difference is unbelievable. It's unbelievable how much smaller they are."

The former Olympic wrestler has impressive wins in the UFC heavyweight division over the likes of Josh Barnett, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, and "Bigfoot" Silva, but says he finds it hard to believe when looking back, how he competed in the division in the first place:

"I'm scared of Josh Barnett," Cormier admitted.

"I'm scared of every one of them. I walk past them and I'm like, ‘that dude is huge.' Andrei Arlovski is massive. What in the world would I have done if I had to fight him? He's thick, big, and tall. I've trained with him. I'm looking at him and going, dude, did I shrink or are these dudes that much bigger than me?"

Trouble ahead?

Cormier competed under IV bans when competing at the highest level of amateur wrestling, and says the new IV ban doesn’t faze him at all, but he does anticipate plenty of trouble for other fighters within the next few months.

"My biggest concern with this is, early, guys will try to go around it, and they'll get in trouble," said Cormier.

"This is what I think. From personal experience with guys in wrestling, they'll go around it, and they'll get in trouble. When USADA came on board, these guys have no idea what they're getting into.

This is a whole different level. If you have been doing things, and you think you're going to continue to get away with it with USADA on board, you're in trouble."

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