Saturday night was Strikeforce’s final event, and we may also have seen one of Daniel Cormier’s final fights at heavyweight.
Cormier has said he would consider a move to light heavyweight when he steps over into the Octagon, especially now that his training partner, Cain Velasquez, is the UFC heavyweight champion.
There is the chance we’ll see Cormier take one or two more heavyweight bouts while in transition, but after Saturday night’s domination of little known Dion Staring at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine in Oklahoma City, Okla., Cormier proved no matter what the weight class, he is a fighter to be watching out for when he steps into the Octagon later this year, as soon as April 20 on Fox.
Cormier had to go into the second round to finish Staring, who stepped up when almost no one else would after Frank Mir fell out of the fight.
Cormier continually took Staring to the mat, grinding away with a relentless ground and pound attack. He wore Staring down, finally unloading so many blows in the round two that referee John McCarthy stepped in to stop it at the 4:02 mark.
After the fight, however, was when things really heated up.
Speaking with interview Pat Miletich, Cormier already has the remainder of his 2013 mapped out… if other fighters are willing.
First up, he called out former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who, as mentioned, was Cormier’s original opponent for the November Strikeforce event that was eventually cancelled.
“I signed my contract, Frank Mir, you and me, let’s do it,” said Cormier, indicating that he intends to fight April 20 at UFC on Fox 7.
He then has his sights set on light heavyweight.
“I’m gonna let Jon (Jones) defend his belt on April 27 and then I’m gonna kick his ass in the fall.”