Unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Cormier is poised to make a huge splash in the UFC as soon as his Strikeforce deal expires this weekend with talk of a title-shot already attached to his name despite having never fought inside the Octagon. With a relatively unknown opponent in front of him on Saturday night, and a ton of success in his rear-view mirror, it would be easy for Cormier to start envisioning his run towards a UFC championship.
However, Cormier’s intelligence and understanding of MMA have kept him from counting his chickens before they hatch.
“Even though it may seem as though people are looking at what’s next for me, I’ve kept my eye completely on the prize, and that’s Dion Staring. It’s actually been difficult because it’s easy to get caught up in everything that everybody is saying around you, but I’ve managed to keep myself pretty locked in on Dion,” said the 10-0 Cormier in a recent interview with the UFC’s website.
“You have to be as professional as you can when preparing for someone because at the end of the day we’re heavyweights, and a solid punch from any 240-plus pound man can end your night pretty quickly,” he continued. “So I’ve had to train with my mind specifically on Dion and kinda block everything else out. All the other stuff’s gonna happen, but it doesn’t happen if I don’t take care of business.”
Despite the bout being his first (and only) Strikeforce fight, Staring holds an overall record of 28-7 including 22 finishes. He also happens to be on a six-fight winning streak, presenting a dangerous situation for a person in Cormier’s shoes with a different approach.
Fans can catch the two clash on Showtime when the main broadcast for Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine fires up at 10:00 PM EST.
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