It looks like unbeaten Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier has an opponent in place for his final fight under the promotion’s banner, as word has surfaced stating former UFC champion Frank Mir has agreed to head over to the organization for a bout with the Grand Prix winner. Cormier is then expected to join Mir on the UFC roster since Strikeforce no longer boasts an actual heavyweight division.
News of the bout was confirmed by UFC President Dana White who, in an interview with USA Today, explained, “The reality is, Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world….He needs to fight opponents of that caliber, and Frank Mir is that guy.”
UPDATE: Though the bout was first linked to a September 29 card it now appears the match-up will take place in October or November.
The 10-0 Cormier is coming off a convincing decision win over Josh Barnett while Mir was last seen coming up short against UFC champion Junior dos Santos. However, both are known finishers with a number of impressive wins to their credit including stoppages against Antonio Silva, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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MMATraining Take: This match-up is as good as Zuffa could have done. Mir is obviously a legitimate threat and the kind of adversary who could set Cormier up for an immediate title-shot in the UFC. Also, kudos to Mir for taking the fight when I’m certain a lot of his peers would have passed given the risk.