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Javier Mendez wants Daniel Cormier to meet Fabricio Werdum

AKA's head trainer believes that former Strikeforce fighter Fabricio Werdum would be the best fit to fight Daniel Cormier.

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Strikeforce's future might be up in the air right now, but things are still going forward as scheduled for the time being. As of right now, Daniel Cormier is scheduled to fight on November 3rd in Oklahoma City, but hasn't had an opponent since Frank Mir withdrew from the bout last month. American Kickboxing Academy head trainer Javier Mendez was a guest on The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo today, and said that he'd like to see AKA's Cormier face off with an ex-Strikeforce heavyweight - Fabricio Werdum (transcribed by Adam Martin at The Score):

"I would like for Daniel to face Fabricio Werdum or Frank Mir [injured], or maybe Shane Carwin [booked]. I want Daniel to fight someone who is going to challenge him, who is going to motivate him to train. Werdum is that guy who is up there, so for me that's the guy I want. Werdum will test him in the standup and on the ground, but Daniel has great wrestling. The standup could be the area that decides the fight and I kinda give that edge to Daniel."

Werdum was asked about the possible bout not long after Mir withdrew last month, and said he'd be open to it if the UFC wanted it and it was okay with his coach. Is it possible? Definitely. Will it happen? Who knows at this point. I like the possible bout though.

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