A former UFC heavyweight champ will indeed take on unbeaten Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier this fall when the former Olympian returns to the ring but it will not be Tim Sylvia as had been rumored. Instead, Cormier will collide with Frank Mir in what will be his final fight under the organization’s banner before joining the UFC.
USA Today reported the match-up late last night, confirming the story with both Strikeforce and UFC officials including outspoken executive Dana White.
“There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense,” explained White. “The reality is, Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world…He needs to fight opponents of that caliber, and Frank Mir is that guy.”
UPDATE: News has since surfaced stating Cormier-Mir will be moved to a different Strikeforce card in October or November rather than placed on September’s show.
Mir will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses when he enters the ring, having fallen by strikes to UFC title-holder Junior dos Santos in May. The stumble snapped a three-fight winning streak for the 16-9 Mir who holds past wins over Sylvia, Mirko Filipovic, Brock Lesnar, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Cormier is coming off a win over Josh Barnett. He holds an overall record of 10-0 with seven stoppages to his credit.
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