Daniel Cormier Faces Dion Staring; Melendez vs Healy on Tap for Strikeforce January

November 8, 2012
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Daniel Cormier StrikeforceDaniel Cormier has his final fight set for Strikeforce while lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez looks to defend his belt again in January.

Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier has been waiting for a while to fulfill his final fight commitment to the promotion, but after their recent Nov 3 card was cancelled he was shuffled to their next show in 2013.

Now the former Olympian is set to return in Janaury to face veteran fighter Dion Staring.

Staring has won his last six fights in a row, and now faces Cormier on Jan 12 as part of the last ever heavyweight fight in the promotion. Originally, Cormier was slated to face former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in November, but an injury forced him out of the bout.

There’s been no reason given for the new match-up, but Cormier will now faces Staring instead.

In addition to Cormier’s fight, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will put his title on the line against top contender Pat Healy.

Melendez and Healy were set to do battle in September, but the champion suffered an injury forcing him off the card, and the entire show was eventually cancelled.

Now with his body healed, Melendez is ready to get back to work as he faces a very tough challenge from Team Quest fighter Pat Healy.

Sources close to the fighters confirmed both contests to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. MMAJunkie.com first reported the match-ups.

The new Strikeforce Jan 12 card now stands with three title fights including the middleweight, welterweight and lightweight belts being up for grabs as well as Cormier’s final fight in the promotion.

More bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Guest

    All I can say is WOW!! Finally Daniel Cormier vs. Dion Staring!!

    Sarcasm aside..WTF! why didn’t Strikeforce just release Dan? They just robbed him of 7 months of his career to fight Dion?? Dion has has won 6 straight. His last 6 opponents 2-14, 24-19, 3-2, 8-4, 5-5, 7-15. Let me say I’m sure Dion is a great guy and no offence to him, but he doesn’t belong in the cage w/ Cormier. Cmon’ Strikeforce!!!

  • Timothy Malone

    It will be interesting to see what the main event is for this card. It doesn’t deserve to be the Cormier fight, that’s for sure. If it is, Zuffa clearly doesn’t value Strikeforce at all.