"Daniel can be a world champion at heavyweight, but also at light heavyweight, 205," said Dolce in a recent interview. "Unfortunately I was not working with him when he was training and competing in the Olympics. If I was, he would have made weight, had no problem, been healthy and he probably would have been an Olympic gold medalist."
Dolce says he's examined what went wrong for Cormier during the 2008 Beijing Olympics when kidney failure followed a dangerous weight cut. After making weight for the 211.5-pound weight class, Cormier was withdrawn from competition by USA Wrestling on the advice of doctors.
"I was speaking to Daniel and we went over the entire situation and again I saw the flaws in their methods," Dolce tells Fight Hype. "According to his training and what his body weight is right now, we make the adjustments that I know that I have in my arsenal and I think 205 will be easy for Daniel to where I don't know anybody in the world that would be able to stand up to him and compete against him in the wight class."
After spending years helping infamously heavy fighters shed pounds for the scales, Dolce says Cormier's case would be relatively painless.
"Johny Hendricks is 210 pounds. He makes welterweight easily. He's the No. 1 welterweight contender in the world right now. He's 210 pounds. He's heavier than Hector Lombard is and he makes 170 pounds no problem. With Daniel, it's the same thing. Johny's cutting 40lbs to make 170lbs where Daniel walks around at 240lbs. Easy. When Rampage was fighting at 205 pounds, Rampage was weighing 250-260 pounds."
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Now we wait.
As of yesterday I have been the @BellatorMMA champion for 3 straight years. Time for some new challenges I think.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 22, 2013
No love for The MEXicutioner?
Im thinking maybe nate diaz for the next fight would be a epic 5 rounder.— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) October 22, 2013
Basically, Wandy wants Chael to bring (presumably) Americans to face his handpicked Brazilian squad.
Ele escolhe os lutadores dele lá nos USA eu escolho os meus aqui o— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) October 23, 2013
Tim Kennedy is already offering to help.
Hey @sonnench I have a skill set & experience that is perfectly suited for private security/bodyguard. You are going to need it in Brazil.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) October 22, 2013
A lot of red.
Another day in the books 1 more closer to regaining the title !! Thank you to everyone who Believes in Me . Ready and excited 2 Compete €o— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 23, 2013
I'd say train but I'm no pro.
Cleared to train. What's next ?— phil baroni (@philbaroni) October 22, 2013
Announced yesterday (Oct. 22 2013)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via SocratesRising.
The dude is a beast, he sort of reminds me of a mini-Mike Tyson. His judo background will help keep him standing. His hand speed, incredible power and overall athleticism and quickness is unparalleled in the division. I always enjoyed watching him dominate while fighting for Bellator. I think we can attribute some of his woes in his first couple losses in the UFC to stepping up to the big show with stiffer competition as well as being a full weight class above where he should be. The guy is 5' 9" tall.
I'd like to see him take on Maia / Shields to see how he fares against a ground expert at this lighter weight (that is if they can take him down). There are so many possibilities in this new division. Can anyone name a welterweight who gives Lombard any trouble on the feet (besides maybe Big Rig)? I'd like to hear your thoughts on who he should fight next (besides the champ - too soon) and why it would make an interesting match-up.
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