Daniel Cormier was slated to fight Frank Mir next month, but in what seems to be a regular occurrence, Mir had to pull out of the fight because of an injury. Cormier and Strikeforce are still looking for a replacement fight, but have not had much in the way of luck yet.
Although Daniel Cormier might still be fairly unknown to MMA fans, the heavyweight fighters know who he is and the skills that he possesses. Cormier is a former Oklahoma State University wrestler who finished as the NCAA runner-up in his senior year. He then went on to make the 2004 and 2008 Olympic wrestling teams. In 2004 he was the fourth place winner, and in 2008 he failed to compete due to an injury.
Daniel Cormier is 10-0 since entering the MMA world. His last two fights have been the most impressive, with wins over Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett. The Barnett win earned him the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title. Coming out of the tournament he has one more fight in Strikeforce before he joins the rest of the Strikeforce heavyweights and makes the move into the UFC. Problem is he doesn’t have an opponent!
Even with his last two big wins, Cormier is still fairly green, and needs another win over a top 10 guy to get to the champ. Zuffa will more than likely eventually get a UFC fighter to move over to Strikeforce for this final fight, so here are some options for DC.
Pat Barry: He hasn’t fought since his May loss to Lavar Johnson. Many think this match up would be a death sentence for Barry, since he is not known as a ground fighter.
Antonio Silva: Silva just fought Travis Browne this past Saturday. He would have plenty of time to be ready for the fight, and it would be a second chance to go after Daniel Cormier.
Gabrial Gonzaga: Gonzaga was scheduled to fight this weekend in Brazil for UFC 153, but his opponent was forced out of the fight. Much like Silva, Gonzaga is in fight shape and would be ready for the fight.
Long shot Pick: Cormier gets let go from his Strikeforce contract, and then gets signed by the UFC. Following his signing, he announces that he is going to make the move to light heavyweight, and they give him a title fight with Jon Jones.
Any of these fights will be a tough test for Daniel Cormier, but with his track record, he will be up to the task for any and every fight.