Soon after the deal was announced, however, it was revealed that the heavyweight division would soon shift over to the UFC. Since that time, fighters like Fabricio Werdum and Lavar Johnson have already made successful Octagon debuts, with others such as Chad Griggs and Shane Del Rosario about to premiere there later this year.
So what about the two fighters currently awaiting their Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finals in May?
Well, Daniel Cormier admits that when the UFC announced all of the heavyweights in Strikeforce, short of he and his opponent Josh Barnett, would be moving over to that promotion, it did kill some of the hype around the finals of the Grand Prix.
Still, Cormier shows patience in knowing that the gold at the end of the rainbow is still getting to the UFC, but first he has to finish off Barnett, the Grand Prix, and one more fight and then he can worry about what happens for his first fight in the Octagon.
Check out this exclusive one on one interview with Cormier, as well as a little collegiate wrestling argument to close things out with Ohio State’s Mike DiSabato: