Strikeforce Results: Cormier Knocks Out “Big Foot” Silva to Advance to Tournament Finals

September 11, 2011
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Daniel Cormier became the first finalist of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament by knocking out Antonio Silva in the first round on Saturday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

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.

  • Mario

    VERY IMPRESSED WITH CORMIER.

    He made Bigfoot look, like a bitch!

    LOL

    It’s funny how shit turns out. Cormier in the final?

    But in a way, I see that as unfair, since he only had to fight one bout to get there. Regardless, the guy is no joke! I’m still shocked by his performance.

    Time will tell what SF plans to do about it’s Heavyweight title. But I think Cormier would be a good champion for them. I don’t see him fighting at Heavyweight in the UFC, since Cain is the champ.

    But to be honest, I think Barnett has this one in the bag. He’s just tooo confident.

    Great NIGHT OF FIGHTS!

    I wonder where those an-ti strikeforce folks have to say now?

    • ShockednAwed

      I’d say, “yeah, it’s gotten better since UFC took over…”

      :D

      Beyond that, doesn’t the easy way Cormier dispatched of Bigfoot kinda drop Fedor down even further now? O d’ya think Bigfoot was overconfident cuz he’d knocked-odd The Man?

      • jared499

        @shockedanAwed

        I have to agree with you on the Bigfoot win over Fedor, and how that loss looks on Fedor now, and I am a Fedor fan. But the way that Cormier was able to drop Bigfoot with his hands was amazing. I think that Cormier has the opportunity to be really good, but if he does go to UFC, whoever said it was right, he will not fight Cain, so he will need to drop to LHW which is going to be a fairly large drop in weight.

  • God

    Cormier did look a bit nervous as he watched Josh take care of business and even in his interview in the stands he looked a bit like a deer in the headlights when asked about his next fight with Barnett

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  • Cptmats

    This guy will walk through Barnett ! I see Cormier being a very tough fight for any HW right now, Yes even Cain and JDS !

    • bajafox

      Maybe JDS but I doubt he’d fight his teammate Cain

      • Cptmats

        Prob not, but he’s def good enough to beat them both !