"By all means, if it was Alexander Gustafsson, with the momentum that he's built after that fight, I would love it," Cormier told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "With that being said, it will be my first time going down to 205. Alexander Gustafsson is fighting in Europe, and I do not want to make my first weight cut overseas."
Cormier is leery of a weight cut overseas because Europe might have some different foods available than what he can get in the United States.
"I think that's valid because I've wrestled my whole life," Cormier said. "I know how much harder it is to make weight overseas than it is in the United States. In the U.S., all the food that I'm going to need is easily accessible. There are 24-hour grocery stores. If I miscalculate something, we can always find a 24-hour Fitness, and it's not like that overseas. It's a huge difference. So if it's set that Alexander is fighting overseas, no, I don't want to fight Alexander Gustafsson."
Cormier admits that at the end of the day, it's going to be up to the UFC where the fight will be.
"Honestly, it's not my choice," Cormier said. "I'm just putting out what I would prefer. At the end of the day, it's not my choice. But just in terms of trying to protect everybody involved, I think that would probably be smart."
Cormier is hoping to fight Jon Jones in the UFC's light heavyweight division sometime down the road. He's just being smart about his matchmaking for the time being, as he doesn't want anyone else to jump the line for a title shot.
"With MMA, memories are so short, so if you have a guy that has a great performance, and a couple of weeks later, somebody else has a really, really good performance, they can just jump that guy," Cormier said. "So you want to have your great performance along the same time as the person or the people that you're pursuing.
"So if my ultimate goal is to be the light heavyweight champion, I have to be around the time when Jones and Glover are fighting. Because otherwise, I could fight a month-and-a-half before, and by the time they fight, what if the co-main event in that fight, Davis versus, say, Mousasi, and Phil looks great. Now my win a couple of months ago doesn't seem so impressive because Phil looked great. So you have to be thoughtful and stay in tune with the decision. Otherwise, you just kind of get passed."