Heavyweight Daniel Cormier put a stamp on his Strikeforce career last night with a second round stoppage of Dion Staring at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine. Now ready to embark on a stint in the UFC, the 33-year old has lent a hand to matchmaker Joe Silva by continuing to express his interest in a fight with Frank Mir followed up by a tilt with 205-pound champion Jon Jones.
As far as a match-up with Mir goes, the 11-0 Cormier isn’t concerned about the former heavyweight champion having lost his last bout and instead sees Mir as an excellent opportunity to show UFC fans what he’s all about.
“His last fight was for the belt – what better gauge then to fight a guy that just fought for the title to see where I am? There is no given that I can beat Frank Mir. Frank Mir may beat me up in the cage. But at least that’s a gauge,” said Cormier in a conversation with MMAFighting after his recent win. “Plus we were scheduled to fight so obviously (the UFC) finds some value in that fight.”
Mir and Cormier were originally scheduled to clash in November before the former was forced out of the bout due to injury. While a victory over Mir could set Cormier up for a heavyweight title-shot, the Strikeforce Grand Prix winner is still shrugging off the idea of facing teammate (and current champ) Cain Velasquez. Rather, assuming Velasquez retains his belt against Alistair Overeem/Antonio Silva later this year, Cormier made it clear his preference involves a scrap with the seemingly unbeatable Jones.
“In an ideal world I would fight Frank in April and, obviously I can’t wait until Jon Jones defends his belt and then wait until the fall, so keep me busy…let me fight in April a week before he fights,” explained Cormier of how he envisions things going, adding that he’s already on his way towards slimming down in anticipation of action at light heavyweight. “I weighed in lighter than I’ve ever been. I feel great. I didn’t have to cut any weight. I just trained really hard and ate a little better.”
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