Daniel Cormier admits that dropping back down to 205 pounds to defend the title will be an uphill battle, but he intends to go through with it, nonetheless.
During his return to heavyweight last July at UFC 226, Daniel Cormier felt right at home. According to him, he “felt faster” at his original weight class, as he was not hindered by the “brutalizing” weight cut to 205 pounds.
Now that he holds both the UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight titles, “DC” has more obligations. And while he does admit that dropping back down would be a tall task to fulfill, he remains adamant to fulfill his obligations at 205 pounds.
“For me to go back down, it’s going to be difficult to defend this belt,” Cormier said on a recent episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan. “But I plan on doing it.”
“Honestly, I am a heavyweight. I weigh 245 pounds, normally. But then I cut down to 205 whenever I fight 205, so I lose 40 pounds to fight in that weight class.”
For Cormier, being the second fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold world titles at two weight classes already cements his legacy as one of the greatest of all-time, despite disparagements from his rivals.
“I’m 39 years old, so for a long time, I thought about being remembered as one of the greats,” Cormier said. “And by doing this, I’m always gonna be remembered as my career ends.”