Even though his fight with former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, is still a few months out, Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, is making sure to keep his name on everybody's mind. The ultra talented athlete has been making the media rounds for the last couple weeks, and has even put out a call to action for Zuffa brass to allow him to coach against Jon Jones on The Ultimate Fighter, should he secure a victory against Mir. I'm no matchmaker, but I am a hardcore fan, and to me, the prospect of a TUF season, followed by a superfight between these two elite level athletes, hits a positive note with me. I can only hope that the powers that be see things the same way I do. One thing that should be noted here, is that Daniel doesn't appear to be looking past Frank Mir. We did get his thoughts on his upcoming title defense, and here's what he had to say:
I think if you look at history, it has shown that Frank has kept his weight around that of his opponents, but for Junior dos Santos, he knew that Junior weighs in about 238 or 239, and he ended up staying at 260, so I'm not sure what he's going to do in preparation for me. It doesn't matter, though. I'm going to be prepared for the best Frank Mir, and he's still going to be big, whether he's 240 or 265.
His jiu jitsu is obviously the biggest threat, when it comes to his fights. It's not even that Frank is just a great jiu jitsu guy, he's also a great finisher. He broke Nogueira's arm. He broke Sylvia's arm. He KO'd Cheick Kongo. He's just a great finisher. My biggest thing is to not get in any position to give him a chance to use his finishing abilities, whether it be jiu jitsu or in the stand-up. I'm completely focused on every area of the fight.
I think, if I can get past Frank, I think my resume will kind of speak for itself. I don't know what they're thinking over at Zuffa, but when you put the guys that I've run through together, and what I've done since I've been with Strikeforce, I think if I can get past Frank, it warrants me being in the picture for a championship fight, just like everybody else. All the guys that went over as champions were in title fights pretty quick. Jake Shields only had to fight once to get the title shot against GSP, Alistair fought Brock to get the title shot before he tested positive, and Nick Diaz got an immediate title shot. I think that if they follow the way that it's been, and if I beat Frank, I should be in the conversation as soon as I get over there.
You can follow Daniel via his Twitter account, @DC_MMA