May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Josh Barnett (top) fights Daniel Cormier (bottom) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. (Photo: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)
Daniel Cormier went from not even being included in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix to being the last man standing in the Strikeforce heavyweight division. His run of dominant wins over Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett has brought him to a #4 ranking in the SB Nation MMA Consensus rankings.
Cormier will now face Frank Mir in a one time only "UFC vs. Strikeforce" fight before moving to the UFC permanently. And Cormier thinks that a win over Mir should put him in line for a title shot at either heavyweight or light heavyweight (if teammate Cain Velasquez holds the title).
"If I come over to the UFC as the number one contender and Cain's the heavyweight champion, then I have some things to think about. But if somebody else is holding that belt, then yea, I'm gonna stay up at heavyweight."
Daniel added that when he does enter the UFC, his name should be near the top of the list for title contenders."I want to throw my name into the hat, if I'm able to get past Frank Mir," he said. Then he made sure to remind the UFC brass that he's on his way to come make some noise in the organization. "Hey guys don't forget about me over here. I've been chuggin along and if I get through this fight, that's three top ten guys in a row. I should be in line for a belt. I should get a shot at either of those divisions."
If Cormier can safely make 205, I think a fight with Jon Jones is much more interesting than a fight with Junior dos Santos. While Jones has much more advanced striking, Cormier has good speed and power on his punches. Cormier also has much better wrestling than Jones.
Either way, if Cormier gets past Mir, there are plenty of great fights waiting for him in the UFC.