Well, it looks like Tim Sylvia’s return was in fact a rumor, because Daniel Cormier is now officially set to take on UFC import Frank Mir in his final bout in Strikeforce as they close out the division. Should the undefeated Cormier get past the former number one contender, he will have a real case for the UFC title shot in his transition. The fight is targeted to take place in a card later in the year around September or October, and not on the August card which was previously reported. It is not out of the realm of possibility for this to be a main event five round fight as well. If you are confused about the match making of Mir vs. Cormier look no further than Dana White for answers.
“There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense. The reality is, Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world. He just won the Grand Prix and beat Josh Barnett. He needs to fight opponents of that caliber, and Frank Mir is that guy.”
It is true that Daniel has earned this shot as he has been blasting past the competition that was in Strikeforce so far. in fact seven of his wins have come under the Strikeforce banner, and he even started his career in the promotion. He has even finished six of his opponents, and the biggest of those being Antonio Silva who was fresh off a win over Fedor at the time. He took out former Pride stalwart Josh Barnett in his last fight. If he takes out Mir, and ups his record to 11-0 he will be in prime position for a title shot next year.
Don’t think he will walk right past Mir though, who is actually only competing out of the UFC for the third time and in more than eleven years. Mir’s only losses in the last six years have come to champions in Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, and most recently Junior Dos Santos. He has also had wins over Big Nog twice, Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson, and arch nemesis Brock Lesnar. He’s proven to always be dangerous having finished all but two of his opponents in his 16 wins. This match truly is the marque match-up that Cormier needed no matter how strange it is to pull out a top fighter from the octagon.