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Daniel Cormier gets an opponent for January Strikeforce bout

Heavyweight prospect Daniel Cormier won’t waste any time following up on his five wins in 2010, as he is expected to compete a week into the New Year at a yet-to-be-announced “Strikeforce Challengers” event.

News of the bout, scheduled for January 7, was first reported by Five Ounces of Pain. The site has now confirmed Cormier will be facing Devin Cole in the evening’s main event according to sources attached to the situation.

Cole is 18-8 and will represent the most-experienced opponent Cormier has faced thus far in his career. He is 6-1-1 in his last eight bouts and had won five straight before falling to Aaron Rosa by way of decision at Shark Fights 13 last September. However, he has spent time in the ring against the likes of Jeff Monson, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, and Ben Rothwell, and beaten thirteen of the eighteen opponents he’s faced via TKO/submission while only having been finished a single time himself in more than three years.

The 6-0 Cormier, a teammate of fellow undefeated UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez at American Kickboxing Academy, has yet to see the judges’ scorecards thus far in his career and rendered his last five opponents unable to compete beyond the first round. His last appearance in Strikeforce came this past August at “Strikeforce – Houston” where he forced Jason Riley to tap due to strikes a little over a minute into their match-up.


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