After an extended wait for health-related reasons Strikeforce has finally booked a bout between Heavyweight Grand Prix finalists Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett. While no location has been revealed, if all goes according to plan the two talented fighters will meet on May 19 to determine who the last man standing will be.
Strikeforce announced the match-up during last night’s broadcast of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.
Cormier earned his slot after outpointing Jeff Monson last June, then being offered an opportunity to replace the since-departed Alistair Overeem in the tournament’s field. The 9-0 former Olympian took advantage of the situation by knocking out Antonio Silva in the opening round of their semifinal scrap. However, he suffered a broken hand in the fight and has been sidelined ever since.
Though Barnett may not be undefeated he’s emerged with his hand raised the last eight times he’s fought including wins over Monson, Pedro Rizzo, and Gilbert Yvel, as well as Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov in Grand Prix pairings. The affable veteran holds an overall record of 31-5 with three of his losses coming to Mirko Filipovic during the Croatian’s prime in PRIDE.
No other fights were revealed for the upcoming card.
Check out a preview of the upcoming bout below:
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