Cormier didn’t hesitate when presented with the opportunity to replace Alistair Overeem in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament and for good reason. The two-time Olympic wrestler showed off his hand speed and striking ability, putting Silva down twice with strikes.
Silva pressed forward early, but Cormier landed an overhand right on the chin of Silva that put him down. Silva was able to get back to his feet, but may not have fully recovered.
Cormier sensed his opponent was hurt and ended it at the 3:56 mark of the first round with a three punch combination that ended with a right uppercut that caused Silva’s body to go limp and crash to the canvas. Cormier finished with two hammer fists before the referee called a stop to the fight, advancing to the finals of the tournament.
“I fought one of the top five heavyweights in the world and knocked him out. Give me some respect now,” said Cormier following the fight.
“I hit him with the jab, left hook, uppercut. Listen, he’s not Cain Velasquez and that’s who I train with everyday,” he added.
Cormier may have injured his right hand with the win.
“On the first right hand that I hit him with I kind of jacked up my right hand. I’m hoping it’s not too bad, but if it is, oh well. I still got the knockout,” said Cormier.
The potential injury didn’t change his outlook on the rest of the tournament, however.
“I’m going to the finals and winning it. I’m taking the title,” he said.