Last night's UFC 146 all-heavyweight main card was very exciting and delivered more than I thought it would. There are still many MMA fans who haven't forgotten last weekend's showing by Daniel Cormier against Josh Barnett at Strikeforce.
When UFC president Dana White was asked about Cormier and his future in the UFC, Dana hinted that he made it clear that he doesn't think Cormier's future is at heavyweight (via ESPN):
"Yes, he will end up coming over to the UFC. The thing is I'd love to see the guy go down to 205lbs," White said. "I think he's a small heavyweight over here.
"Listen, I respect Josh Barnett, he did work Barnett. Barnett fights like once a year, I'm not taking anything away from Barnett, but it's a whole other ball game over here.
"I'm not telling him [Cormier], if the guy wants to stay at heavyweight, I'm not going to tell him where to go, but I think it would be a good move for him to go to 205."
Cormier certainly isn't a huge heavyweight, it's hard to argue that. But he's also been very successful as a smaller heavyweight.
How different are things in the UFC from Strikeforce?
Barnett is an established, pretty good sized heavyweight. Cormier put a beating on Antonio Silva, who is clearly a huge heavyweight (and was good enough to fight in the co-main event yesterday). Cain Velasquez's game isn't based on size, nor is Junior dos Santos'.
I'm not saying Cormier wouldn't be a force at 205, I'm just saying that I don't think it's that much of a "whole other ballgame" to where it's easy to anticipate him having trouble.