UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had been vocal about his apprehension to move back up to heavyweight. That all changed late last week, however, when the UFC announced that “DC” will be challenging Stipe Miocic’s heavyweight title this July at International Fight Week.
The main reason for Cormier’s hesitance has always been about his teammate Cain Velasquez, who has yet to make his UFC return since he last fought in July 2016. From his end, Velasquez seems to have no issues about this said move, but did say that “things could get interesting” if Cormier ends up winning the heavyweight title.
Like always, I'm gonna be in the gym everyday to help my brother @dc_mma become the next heavyweight champ at #UFC226. Once he wins, things could get interesting. #AndNew #WeAreAKA #GonnaGetMyBeltBack— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) January 27, 2018
According to Cormier, Velasquez’s statements could mean a number of things. One of them is a possible switch in weight classes.
“The goal has always been for him to get the belt back and that will never change,” Cormier said on a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “That’s his goal, that’s my goal for him, that will never change. Once again, the decision was made after the well wishes were granted.”
“But what if he said, ‘Things may get interesting’ meaning he might go to 205? Oooh, that would be interesting, wouldn’t it? That would be some interesting stuff. I don’t know, what’s interesting? You never really know. That’s something that we know that you guys don’t and it feels good to not tell you.”
“See what Cain says, let’s see if you can get Cain to tell you. Good luck with that.”
Velasquez even said that he might go to light heavyweight in a separate interview with Helwani later that day.
For now, we will first have to see if Cormier can indeed get past Miocic when they face each other at UFC 226 on July 7th in Las Vegas.