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Daniel Cormier Suggests Shane Carwin for Return Fight, But Who Knows, Really?

(Wait, so if Cormier got his ass kicked by Antonio Silva in September, would *he* be fighting Cain Velasquez in a UFC pay-per-view co-main event this weekend? Mind = blown… / Photo via MMAWeekly)

As if a broken hand wasn’t a big-enough pain in the ass, newly crowned Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier is contractually obligated to take one more match under the Strikeforce banner before making his inevitable assault on the UFC. But since Strikeforce’s current heavyweight roster only consists of guys who Cormier already beat and guys who the guys Cormier beat already beat, this is a problem. Who the hell is Daniel Cormier going to face next? And is there any way it won’t be a complete waste of his time?

The only logicial solution is if the UFC sends one of their guys over to Strikeforce to throw down against Black Fedor. And yeah, Cormier’s already been thinking about that. Here’s what he told’s The MMA Hour (via MMA Mania):

I think if there is a ‘plus-one’ [fight] and Zuffa’s going to send someone over it is going to have to be someone that is very good you know? Maybe Carwin, as he’s coming back. He’s a guy with a lot of name value and I don’t necessarily know if that’s a step up [from Josh Barnett] but that is somebody with name value. Or, if one of the guys loses from the card this weekend. But then it really limits because if Frank Mir loses I’m pretty sure he is not going to want to come to Strikeforce to fight me where if he loses he has everything to lose. When Cain beats Bigfoot Silva, what are they going to do, send [Silva] back to Strikeforce to fight me again? Nothing really adds up right now, I don’t know, I don’t know how to guess what they are going to do. There just is not that many step ups out there better than Josh Barnett.”

Considering that Shane Carwin hasn’t won a fight since his mauling of Frank Mir over two years ago — which was followed by losses to Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos, and a tough recovery from back surgery — Cormier’s call-out has a “low-hanging fruit” quality to it. But it’s a logical matchup, in the sense that a fight against Carwin would be marketable and relatively competitive, and the UFC could theoretically be down with sending Carwin across the road for a fight in Strikeforce. Outside of that…perhaps Mark Hunt or Gabriel Gonzaga, when they recover from their own injuries? Or send Lavar Johnson back to Strikeforce to fight Cormier if he loses his short-notice fight to Stefan Struve on Saturday?

Got any better ideas?

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Mofo- May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Awesome caption on the foto!
UFCFightBlogger- May 23, 2012 at 10:06 pm
Cormier needs a good test to prove if he is worthy of a title shot. A fight against a top level UFC fighter could do the trick. If not, then at least give him someone credible to build his resume on so when he makes it to the UFC, he has a name. I would like to seem him fight Fedor. Black Fedor vs White Fedor, and its not impossible since Fedor isn’t doing anything great at the moment.

Check out this article about Cormier
shatterproof- May 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm
When is Overeem back? That would be a great fight and would be a great follow-up to the GP, what with Overeem having been pulled out after the first round.
shatterproof- May 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Daniel's probably just being complementary to Barnett but hope he's not underestimating the significant skill/talent gap between the last rounds of the Strikeforce GP and the top of the UFC's HW division. I'd go 3 to 1 in Carwin over Barnett if he's taking -- I agree though that Carwin would be a great fight for him though. A Cormier win would put him a fight or two out of UFC title contention.
myfeetcanttouch- May 23, 2012 at 11:15 am
Strike Force signing Bob Sapp for DC's last fight is the most fitting way for SF to end that I can think of.
HEY- May 23, 2012 at 10:20 am
lol @ that caption. It's funny cos it's true.
Teehee McPeepee- May 23, 2012 at 9:49 am
DC vs Uberreem
Fletch the V Stretch- May 23, 2012 at 9:05 am
I enjoy watching Cormier fight but the words that come out of his mouth irritate the piss out of me. 12 oz, shut up, I know what you are thinking/contemplating posting.
bgoldstein- May 23, 2012 at 8:52 am
@therail: As I understand it, Cormier won't cut to LHW because his kidneys failed and he almost died after he cut to 211 lbs. for the 2008 Olympics.
therail- May 24, 2012 at 11:21 am
yeah, well that would do it then.
Fletch the V Stretch- May 23, 2012 at 9:13 am
Oh yeah and for instance, when Kimbo was trying to drop down to 205 that was a lot different bc Kimbo was all muscle at HW, Cormier is not all muscle. LOL
Fletch the V Stretch- May 23, 2012 at 9:01 am
I am not quite sure his kidney's would fail from being 211 lbs. Maybe how he cut the weight would have caused it but look at him, he is short and fat. There is no way a guy his size should have kidney failure from being 211 lbs. Not saying I don't believe/agree with you. I just think that is crap. No offense.
Fried Taco- May 23, 2012 at 9:24 am
There is cutting weight, and there is losing weight. The former can cause kidney failure, the latter has all kinds of health benefits. Or so my doctor and Jillian Michaels keep telling me.
Fletch the V Stretch- May 23, 2012 at 9:37 am
Agreed. You are quickly starting to rival 12 oz as my fav. commenter on here. Keep it up. Cutting to 205 could cause him kidney failure, true. But, let's be honest, if Cormier lost weight or did a cycle of p90x, he would be a much better athlete.
therail- May 23, 2012 at 8:40 am
He should cut down to 205 and face bones. The UFC needs a new fighter to bet on, i mean give crazy money too before a fight, i mean sponsor now that Jones got the DUI

In all seriousness, Cormier win v barnett was impressive but seemed like a Brad Imes v Rashad fight where his explosiveness and speed won out. Barnett was the perfect fight for Cormier, there is now way he is big enough to compete with JDS, Overeem, Big Nog, or Mir. and if he bulks up *juices* like Mir or Overeem he will lose his explosiveness and he still can't get taller. He wrestled at 174 to abou 215, he easily can cut down to 205.
SethF- May 23, 2012 at 8:29 am
Can Cody McKenzie bulk up to at least 206 pounds?
J. Jones- May 23, 2012 at 9:06 am
He could finally get that fight with Koscheck on his way up.
Fried Taco- May 23, 2012 at 8:19 am
There are other heavyweights in Strikeforce? Color me surprised.
ExpectJesusBro- May 23, 2012 at 8:19 am
Dana should just give showtime the stockton hey buddy, and let both these badasses move to the UFC. strikefarce is a waste of space with no real legit champs. sorry Dan, but your belt means nothing. Same to you MelenDEEEZ NUTS. call when your belt says UFC on it, cuz thats where the best of the best reside.