A win against Roy Nelson is expected to get Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier a shot at the 205 pound title.
The two mixed martial artists are set to collide on Oct. 19 at UFC 166, a fight card headlined by a heavyweight title showdown featuring Cormier’s training partner Cain Velasquez and former heavyweight champion Dos Santos.
Obviously, if dos Santos emerges victorious at UFC 166, Daniel will likely put his light-heavyweight aspirations on hold. A decision UFC officials will probably agree with, given the fact Alexander Gustafsson’s performance at UFC 165 has ensured they’ll be other intriguing matchups left for Jon Jones, who is scheduled to face Glover Teixeira next February for at least a year.
Nelson feels what’s good for Cormier is equally good for him, so he’s also expecting a title shot in either division if he manages to upset Cormier at UFC 166.
“I figure that I’ll get down to 205 faster than Daniel,” Nelson said during a conversation with Steph Daniels. “If I beat Daniel, wouldn’t I get a title shot? My goal is just to beat Daniel. My goal is to fight the champ. Right now, Daniel is in front of me, so I’m trying to beat him…in everything he does. I’m hearing that if he beats me, he’s supposed to get a title shot at 205; he gets to jump to the front of the line. I’m all about jumping to the front of the line. My mode of thinking is that he’s number 2, and if I beat him, my next step after that would be to fight for the belt, in either division.”