A few months back, when the writing was on the wall regarding Strikeforce’s future but the foundation hadn’t completely crumbled away, Zuffa decided to deliver a bout between unbeaten Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier and former UFC champion Frank Mir. Unfortunately, the fight fell apart when Mir went down with an injury and neither has seen action since.
While Mir is still sidelined, Cormier has a clash scheduled for January 12 against Dion Staring. Regardless of the evening’s outcome, the hard-hitting grappler will then transition into the UFC and make his way towards the top of the division. Though his Octagon debut is still months away, Cormier already has an opponent in mind for his unveiling.
“The other day I got Tweeted that Frank Mir said he would love to fight me in the UFC,” said Cormier to MMAWeekly Radio, responding with interest of his own in the meeting with Mir. “I’ve got to fight this guy Dion and I’m hoping to fight Frank when I get in the UFC.”
Cormier added he’s aiming to return to the ring in March if he exits the scrap with Staring unscathed and, in a perfect world, would fight at least 2-3 more times before the end of the year.
“I’m hoping that I can make my UFC debut around March and if I get through that fight not too hurt, I’d like to fight again in May or June, and then I’ll fight in September and then I’ll fight again at the end of the year. I’m a wrestler, we wrestle every week, so if I can get four or five fights (in 2013), that would be great for me,” expressed Cormier excitedly of a potentially packed 2013.
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