UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is set to move up in weight to challenge UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic for his title. That being said, Cormier has now come forward to reveal his plans to vacate the heavyweight title if he defeats Miocic.
Cormier and Miocic are set to throw down at UFC 226. The event will take place July 7 for International Fight Week inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view.
Speaking with MMAnews.com, Cormier revealed his thoughts on the upcoming super fight.
“In the heavyweight division I’ve always been faster. I think that was my biggest attribute, just being faster than the heavyweights. Stipe’s a big guy who’s only fought heavyweights. He’s never fought light heavyweights. It’s going to feel different. I’m going to move different. These heavyweights seem to tire. If i can take a guy down over and over, I can do that shit for hours.”
“I can move, I can create angles that most heavyweights really can’t, and that’s why I’m going to cause him some issues, and I also have the ability to really go hard for 25 minutes. I mean he fought a great fight against Ngannou, but he was on top, and they both seemed too tired. If I can take a guy down over and over, I can do that shit for an hour. I don’t get tired when I’m on top. I’ll get tired if I’m just having to stand with guys, having to get up from the bottom and all of that.”
When asked about his plans after his potential victory over Miocic, Cormier revealed that he would vacate the title for the sake of his immanently returning heavyweight teammate Cain Velasquez.
“No, I’m going back down to 205. I believe Cain will win his next fight, and he’ll be in line for a title shot, and I’m not going to fight him, so I’ll probably vacate the title.”