The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix belt. I'm not so sure about the "adhesive label" look of the nameplates. Photo by Annie Van Tornhout
Ever wonder why Daniel Cormier is fighting as one of the smallest men in the heavyweight division? Because he wrecked his kidneys cutting weight. Kid Nate looks at the risk of this common practice at MMA Nation.
Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier improved to 6-0 on Friday, defending his XMMA title in Sydney, Australia, with a first-round stoppage win over Soa Palelei. The two-time Olympic wrestler opened up a cut on "The Hulk" early, and then secured the win when Palelei verbally submitted to strikes. Other winners on the card included "Big" Jim York, Xavier Lucas, Peter Graham and Mike Kyle. Fight News Australia has full results from the show. Photo by Dave Mandel for Sherdog.
Australia's XMMA promotion has confirmed two heavyweight title fights for their November 5 show in Sydney. XMMA World Heavyweight Title Bout Daniel Cormier (5-0) vs. Soa Palelei (11-2) XMMA Oceania Heavyweight Title Bout "Big" Jim York (14-4) vs. Lucas Browne (6-1) Welterweight Bout Xavier Lucas (7-1-1) vs. TBA Source: Fight News Australia
One week after pounding out previously unbeaten Lucas Browne in Australia, it appears former U.S. Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (3-0) has already booked a return trip Down Under. Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei (11-2) tells InfiniteMMA that he and Cormier will battle for the XMMA Heavyweight title on November 6th in Sydney. Before worrying about Palelei, however, Cormier will have other matters to attend to. Next Friday, August 13th, he'll take on King of the Cage heavyweight champ Tony Johnson Jr. (4-0) in a scheduled five-round title bout. Eight days later on August 21st, Cormier will re-enter the Strikeforce cage to face Jason Riley (9-3) in Houston, Texas. Photo by Dave Mandel for Sherdog. Strikeforce: Houston coverage