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Daniel Cormier would love to fight Fedor Emelianenko but doesn’t see it happening

Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier is contracted to the organization for one final fight now that he’s emerged as the winner of the promotion’s World Grand Prix. However, with Josh Barnett as the only other heavyweight inked to a Strikeforce deal it’s clear the company will have to bring in someone new.

Cormier was recently asked to weigh-in on the matter, offering up his thoughts on a number of potential opponents, when the name Fedor Emelianenko came up. Emelianenko was released by Strikeforce after losing three straight fights but has won two in a row since and is still considered to be one of the best competitors in the division’s history.

“That would be awesome,” said Cormier of a fight with the iconic Russian in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “Won’t happen, though.”

While Cormier didn’t elaborate it could be difficult for Strikeforce to offer Emelianenko the sort of money he wants, plus “The Last Emperor” has hinted that his next bout this June could be his final appearance in the ring.

The 10-0 Cormier also discussed other options, giving credit to Tim Sylvia for having been a UFC champion and also mentioning Sergei Kharitonov as an adversary he found intriguing.


MMATraining Take: Cormier-Emelianenko would be a lot of fun but I share Cormier’s pessimism in the pairing actually becoming a reality. As such I think Sylvia could be the best possibility out there given his name value and semi-success as of late. However, it’s probably more likely Zuffa will bring someone over from the UFC rather than sign someone new.


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