When Strikeforce decided to pair the two best heavyweight grapplers outside of the UFC together, the fans were promised a great addition to a stacked card. This weekend one prospect with a perfect record and Olympic gold caliber wrestling will face a tough veteran with great wrestling and Jiu Jitsu accomplishments creating a heavyweight chess match and a chaotic fight.
One fighter looks to prove he belongs with the best while the other will try to show he can still hang with the rest.
Daniel Cormier has seven wins with no loses and proved in his last showing he has the fight in him to dominate for three rounds of the fight. He has actually put in a full camp for this fight at AKA among the likes of Cain Velasquez and many other famous names which can only help him gain the experience to take on the submission ace this weekend. Jeff Monson is one of the most decorated BJJ heavyweights fighting currently and could throw up a quick submission if this hits the mat early and would defiantly penetrate the still young fight experience of Cormier.
The key to this fight for Cormier is to strike early and damage Monson as much as possible using the clinch only early in the fight or in case of a tough situation. Cormier needs to make Monson pay for every failed takedown attempt with strikes and wear him down fast. The longer this fight goes the more in favor it will be for Cormier for the win and or stoppage of Monson. Monson will need to tie up or fluster Cormier into a sloppy shot early for a good chance to win. There are many tricks that Monson possesses on the ground that could finish Cormier and it would be wise to get the fish out of water early if he wants to win.
This is a great fight that has a good chance of staying standing all three rounds and that is what pushes the opinion to think Cormier will come out looking better than ever and will take this fight by unanimous decision or late technical knockout.
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