After having proved himself against Patrick Cummings at UFC 170, there are still many questioning Daniel Cormier's abilities and whether he is moving up in the race for a title shot. Where does Cormier stand in the Light Heavyweight Division following his most recent performance?
One view is that Cormier hasn't done much in the Light Heavyweight division scheme of things. After all, no one's ever called Patrick Cummins a stepping stone on their road to a UFC title shot. Fact of the matter is hardly anyone even knew who Cummings was prior to this fight.
On the other hand, Cormier brought with him an undisputed resume from the heavyweight division: An undefeated record at 13-0, a Strikeforce heavyweight tournament championship, and wins over big names like Antonio "B bigfoot" Silva, Josh Barnett, and the great former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
It should come as no surprise that Cormier himself is in the American Kickboxing Academy which is one of the very camp MMA camps in the country. He told Ariel Helwani on the most recent edition of UFC Tonight that he expects, at worst, he should get a No. 1 contender's fight in his next bout but didn't name anyone.
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Allot depends on what happens in the March 8 bout in London, England when Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa face off in a huge Light Heavyweight bout with possible title shot implications on the line. If Gustafsson defeats Manuwa, as most expect, then the UFC needs to give Gustafsson a rematch with current champion Jon "BONES" Jones, if Jon Jones defeats Glover Teixeira in April at UFC 172 in Baltimore, MD
Cormier (14-0) has not a problem or a care with a Jones-Gustafsson rematch, and felt that a fight against the winner of Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC 172 makes sense due to current circumstances. Should Manuwa beat Gustafsson in a huge upset, Cormier feels he deserves a title shot right away.
However things turn out to be, Cormier plans to stay in top fighting shape after taking just over a minute to give Cummings the beating of his life.
"I guess I stay ready and if someone gets injured, the fight makes sense," Cormier said at the UFC 170 post-fight press conference. "I'll fight anytime. They've got some big fights coming up. If anybody gets hurt, they can give me a call."