3 Reasons Daniel Cormier Doesn't Present a Real Threat to Jon Jones
Daniel Cormier is an absolute monster in the heavyweight division. After manhandling Frank Mir in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 7, "DC" now holds a profession record of 12-0 and additional wins over the likes of Josh Barnett and title contender Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
Due to his shorter stature, talks of Cormier moving to light heavyweight have been heard since his Strikeforce debut. However, after the Olympian called out champion Jon Jones in January, fans have been calling for a title shot as soon as possible.
But Daniel Cormier simply doesn't have what it takes to be a real threat to the reigning champion. Here is a look at three reasons why.
Tremendous Reach Disadvantage
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When your strongest weapon is wrestling, getting in close on your opponent is an absolute necessity to obtaining victory. If your opposition is Jon Jones, that is a lot more difficult than it sounds.
Jon Jones possesses an unfathomable 84.5-inch reach—a full foot longer than that of Cormier.
The craziest part about that advantage is the fact that Jones has very long legs, which will be used to keep DC even further at bay.
Doesn't React Well to Being Kicked
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Those who tuned in for the battle Saturday night between Cormier and Mir saw the efficiency of body kicks against the former Olympian. Despite Mir being slower and drained, he was able to land a few clean shots that visibly hurt Daniel and slowed him down for a moment.
Considering that Jon Jones has a creative approach to kicks, which allows him to land them in devastating fashion in a way that few see coming, Cormier would be in for a long night were he to face the reigning light heavyweight kingpin.
Unproven Skills After Major Weight Cut
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Daniel Cormier was removed from the 2008 Olympics when his kidneys failed while cutting weight. It cut short his dreams of winning a gold medal. Will the same task cause him to come up short in winning a gold belt?
Cormier isn't a tall heavyweight by any means, but his frame is wide. Currently, the fighter walks around around 235 pounds. He would need to cut an additional 30 pounds to get down to a title match.
Keep in mind that the current discussion is whether or not Cormier can make the cut down to 205 pounds. We haven't even mentioned whether or not it will affect his performance in the cage.
Jon Jones isn't just the best light heavyweight of today. He's arguably the greatest fighter to ever compete in a division that has been home to the likes of Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Frank Shamrock, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Wanderlei Silva and many more.
To think that Cormier can come in at any less than 100 percent and somehow defeat this man is nothing more than high hopes from those who hope to see the current king dethroned.