Daniel Cormier has been once again crowned as the UFC Light-heavyweight Champion after Jon Jones tested positive for banned substances. DC has beaten all the top contenders in his division so he let the fans on Twitter decide who his next opponent should be.
Gus – 2 in a row (Blachowitz, Texeira)
Volkan – 3 in row (OSP, Circunov, Manuwa) who should I fight next? @ufc
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 22, 2017
This was DC’s Tweet letting the fans choose between his former foe Alexander Gustafsson and the raising light-heavyweight UFC prospect, Volkan Oezdemir. And it appears that the fans want to see Swiss fighter take on the new champion.
Oezdemir tweeted out stating that he was glad that he was chosen over Gustafsson. Moreover he also showed respect to DC in his tweet stating that Cormier is the ‘real champ’. Oezdemir must have said this in reference to Cormier professionalism towards the sport of MMA and his humble nature.
— Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) September 28, 2017
So far no one has been able to break down Cormier in the heavyweight or the light-heavyweight division besides Jon Jones. With Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson already been outclassed by the Champion and Jones at the possible end of his career, there isn’t really anybody else other than Oezdemir to put Cormier’s skill set to a test.
The Swiss fighting machine has 15 wins and one loss in his resume, with three of his wins occurring inside the Octagon. Though Oezdemir’s UFC career has been a short one with only three fights, he knocked out two of his last opponents inside the first minute of the fight. And his last fight was against a top title contender Jimi Manuwa.
Daniel Cormier lost his UFC Title at UFC 214 via knockout in the hands of his arch enemy Jon Jones. But later, the fight was turned into a ‘no contest’ as Jones tested positive for a second time for banned substance. Hence, the UFC reinstated Cormier as the light-heavyweight champion once again. Despite DC not happy with the title handed over to him, he feels it’s stupid to enter the Octagon without the championship as it would mean less money. So Cormier sees the situation from a business perspective; now that he is the champion he would still be paid more.
Though we can question Oezdemir’s experience inside the Octagon he has impressed many fans and pundits, and we can expect nothing but the best from this young lion if he collides with Cormier.