May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier (left) hits Josh Barnett (right) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier is coming off the biggest win of his career, a five-round dismantling of Josh Barnett. Barnett was ranked #7 in the division in the April USA TODAY/MMA Nation Consensus Rankings.
Unfortunately for Cormier, he's locked into one more fight for Strikeforce before he can migrate to the UFC. He spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour about who he'd like to face next (Transcribed by MMA Mania):
"I think if there is a plus one and Zuffa's going to send someone over it is going to have to be someone that is very good you know? Maybe Shane Carwin, as he's coming back. He's a guy with a lot of name value and I don't necessarily know if that's a step up (from Josh Barnett) but that is somebody with name value. Or, if one of the guys loses from the card this weekend. But then it really limits because if Frank Mir loses I'm pretty sure he is not going to want to come to Strikeforce to fight me where if he loses he has everything to lose. When Cain Velasquez beats Bigfoot Silva, what are they going to do, send him (Silva) back to Strikeforce to fight me again? Nothing really adds up right now, I don't know, I don't know how to guess what they are going to do. There just is not that many step ups out there better than Josh Barnett. Especially that Josh Barnett. That Josh Barnett was 248 pounds, was in shape, was going hard, we had every intention on getting it down Saturday night, but that dude Saturday night came to fight. There are not too many guys that are a step up from that Josh Barnett that showed up on Saturday."
Cormier (and Barnett who must also fight once more for Strikeforce) are in the same bad bind as Gilbert Melendez, Tim Kennedy and the other fighters stuck in Strikeforce -- with the caveat that all the other fighters in the division have already moved over to the UFC.