On Saturday night Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett will fight to be crowned the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion. It has been an excruciating 15 months since it began on February 12, 2011 and it will finally come to a halt on May, 19th, 2012. It has come down to Daniel Cormier, an Olympic caliber wrestler with knockout power in his hands who wasn't even part of the eight man tournament at the start and is now in the finals facing the Warmaster, Josh Barnett who needs no introduction but shall receive one anyway; he is the former UFC Heavyweight champion, 2009 Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi world champion and the former King of Pancrase.
If you have followed the career of Josh Barnett and have had the privilege to watch what the man is capable of you would truly understand why it is absolutely foolish to count him out of any fight. He has an MMA record of 31-5 with 3 of those losses coming to the legendary Mirko "Cro Cop" and he has only lost one of his last 10 fights. I will begin to talk about Daniel Cormier in just a second but first I have to state this: If I wanted to really show you how phenomenal of a wrestler Cormier is I could copy and paste all of his wrestling credentials but there would be a problem, it wouldn't fit on the page. Look it up when you're done reading this and you will be astonished. Back on track now, Daniel Cormier is what I refer to as a "beast" he is 5 foot 11, 240 lbs and has a record of 9-0 with 4 knockouts. Most impressive was his last outing where he recycled Antonio Silva in the first round sending the Brazilian to the canvas with the uppercut that had many saying "Daniel Cormier has arrived".
Daniel Cormier uses his wrestling to keep fights on the feet and blast away at his opponents which is EXACTLY what he will try to do on Saturday night to Josh Barnett. Only problem for Daniel is that Josh Barnett is an experienced veteran and has been in the deep waters well more than once. All Josh needs is one take down and he will be heading on home a very happy man. Barnett ends fights, when they hit the mat he finds a way to make sure we can all head on home and get a good nights sleep. He's also no slouch on the feet, Josh can very well hold his own but that's not where he wants to be versus Cormier. Cormier is very fast for his stature and I am not even going to go over again that he hits hard. We won't truly know what will happen until the two get in the cage but if you're a betting man these are your two best trains of thought and you can pick whichever one you choose: Josh Barnett can't get Daniel Cormier down to the mat and Cormier out strikes Barnett on his way to a unanimous decision win/knocks him out. Josh Barnett can get Cormier down and submit him/tire him out and ride to a unanimous decision win. I don't usually like to do this but I am going to throw in my own prediction on this fight. I predict Daniel Cormier to use his speed and footwork to avoid being clinched and took down by Barnett while landing his shots and completely neutralizing Barnett's game on route to a unanimous decision win.
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