Strikeforce Champ Alistair Overeem Out, Daniel Cormier Glad to Step into Grand Prix Semifinals

August 18, 2011
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Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce Houston

Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce Houston

By now the world is aware that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is not only out of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals, but has been excised from the promotion, as well.

With all the drama at the top of the division, American Kickboxing Academy heavyweight Daniel Cormier has been quietly working his way up the ladder, recently notching a decisive decision victory over Jeff Monson. That victory was Cormier’s eighth in eight starts, making him the obvious choice to step into Overeem’s slot in the tournament.

Cormier will be facing, quite literally, the biggest test of his career in the semi-finals when he steps in the cage with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who is around six inches taller and in the neighborhood of 25 pounds heavier than he is.

MMAWeekly.com‘s Damon Martin caught up with Cormier recently to talk about his opportunity to step into the tournament and what it means for his future…


  • wonggfan

    Bigfoot will beat Cormier and anti-UFC trolls will start proclaiming Bigfoot as #3 HW.

    • phrankthetank

      Aren’t you one of those anti UFC “trolls”?