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Daniel Cormier offers up assessment on possible opponents for final Strikeforce fight

Now that Daniel Cormier has emerged as the Strikeforce World Grand Prix champion he’ll look towards one final fight under the promotion’s banner before likely heading off to test his skills inside the Octagon. However, what’s unknown is exactly who Cormier will face considering the only other heavyweight still under contract to Strikeforce is the very man he beat a little over a week ago – Josh Barnett.

Cormier was recently asked by MMAJunkie to give his thoughts on potential opponents including Fedor Emelianenko, Sergei Kharitonov, and Tim Sylvia. Here are his responses:

Emelianenko – “That would be awesome. Won’t happen, though.”

Kharitonov – “I saw him walk down (Alistair) Overeem and slump him over the ring ropes. That would be a great fight. I would fight Kharitonov.”

Sylvia – “No problem at all fighting him. Any time you can get a win over a guy that held that belt, it’s so prestigious.”

In past conversations the unbeaten former Olympian has also brought up the idea of Zuffa bringing over a competitor who currently calls the UFC home such as Shane Carwin. It’s also possible a new name could emerge in the next six months while Cormier heals from a broken hand he suffered in the bout against Barnett. However, one man he said he won’t fight is AKA teammate Todd Duffee (with the same of course being true in relation to Cain Velasquez as well).