During the broadcast for Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event it was announced Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will meet on May 19 to determine the champion. A location for the fight was not made known, though it will be televised live by Showtime and could also feature a title-fight depending on the health of the company’s current champions.
Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler, has been sidelined due to a broken hand suffered in his win over Antonio Silva last year in the semifinals. The injury had taken longer than expected to heal, forcing a delay in his meeting with fellow finalist Barnett. Cormier was a replacement in the Grand Prix, taking advantage of the chance by defeating the bigger Silva.
“Finally, I’m back and I’m ready to fight,” said Cormier, while being interviewed during Saturday’s show. “I was given an opportunity and I took it. I’m fighting the biggest fight of my career.”
Barnett has remained active by taking part in a few wrestling matches, saying, “I find ways to occupy my time.” He earned his spot against Cormier by defeating Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov.
MMATraining Take: This will be the biggest challenge to Cormier in his young career, as Barnett is a sound wrestler, has excellent submission, and is big enough to land devastating strikes. After seeing “DC” take out “Bigfoot” Silva, however, it is hard to overlook him and his ever-improving skills.