Though the journey has been a long one and featured the occasional speed-bump, the home stretch has finally arrived for Strikeforce as the promotion is less than two weeks away from crowning a winner in their ambitious Heavyweight Grand Prix. The original field of eight has been whittled down to Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett, two talented grapplers with striking to boot.
Cormier is undefeated since transitioning to MMA from a decorated career on the mat, racking up a 9-0 mark including wins over Jeff Monson and Antonio Silva to earn his crack at Barnett. The American Kickboxing Academy product has been out since September with a broken hand he suffered in his knockout victory over the big Brazilian.
Comparably, Barnett is 31-5 in his fifteen-year career featuring stops in the UFC and PRIDE. Among his numerous instances of impressive success are wins against Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The 34-year old has also exited the ring with his hand raised in his last eight outings.
Strikeforce recently released a recap of the Grand Prix allowing fans to re-live some of the highlights leading up to next week’s show including the destruction of Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski being rendered into a puddle of goo, and of course the performances of Barnett-Cormier.
Check it out below:
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