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[UPDATED] Daniel Cormier’s Final Strikeforce Fight Will Be Against…Frank Mir?!


(Drunk foul shots are always the toughest foul shots.) 

Well…this is interesting. According to a report by USA Today and in accordance with both Strikeforce and UFC officials, it appears that Daniel Cormier’s first and last Strikeforce title defense against none other than former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The fight will go down as the co-main event of the Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy headlined Strikeforce event on September 29th, a decision that will in no way come back and bite them in the ass. Seriously, the co-main event? WHO IS MAKING THESE DECISIONS?! The guy who invented the Candwich?!

[UPDATE] It appears that the fight is now being looked at for an October or November Strikeforce card, likely as the main event. 

Minor rant aside, Dana White informed USA Today that Mir would make for a perfect test for Cormier:

There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense. 

The reality is, Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world. He just won the grand prix and beat Josh Barnett. He needs to fight opponents of that caliber, and Frank Mir is that guy.

A surprise considering Mir is on the heels of a second round (T)KO loss to Junior Dos Santos? Further proof that the remaining Strikeforce belts aren’t worth the pleather and scrap metal they’re made of? A little bit of both?

Help us decide.

In an interview with MMAWeekly, Cormier stated that he could not be more thrilled to be fighting a big name in Mir, considering he was angling for a fight with Tim Sylvia beforehand:

You’ve got to tip your hat off to the executives at Zuffa for doing something like that and to Frank Mir for doing it. I respect Frank greatly for stepping in and taking this fight. This fight can elevate my status in the sport a ton.

Tim Sylvia’s accomplished a lot, but he just hasn’t really fought in the top of the sport for a while. No disrespect to Tim, but this is a much easier fight to get pumped up for. I dropped my phone a couple of times while I was trying to look at Twitter.

Now that it’s official, I honestly can’t help but feel a little bad for Frank (yes, that’s possible). Aside from the fact that he is essential dropping down to the Triple-A’s for a fight, the guy has suffered more than a couple rather brutal KO losses as of late, and although he stands as good a chance of beating Cormier as any heavyweight not named Junior Dos Santos, lord knows what another knockout loss will do to both his mental well being and his status as a top-tier heavyweight.

On the other hand, this is probably one of the best possible matchups for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, and should make for one hell of a fight for the heavyweight division to go out on. There is also the fact that Cormier will likely break one, if not both of his hands in the first two rounds, making it much easier for Mir to avoid permanent brain damage if he is able to drag the fight into the latter rounds.

Currently our top pick for the greatest undefeated fighter in the sport today, Cormier is fresh off the aforementioned win over Josh Barnett, in which “Black Fedor” used a combination of effective striking and a few beautiful slams to keep Barnett off balance en route to a unanimous decision victory. A two-time Senior Freestyle Olympic trials winner and an NCAA Division 1 All American with incredible knockout power to boot, Cormier poses many similar threats to Mir as Shane Carwin did in their interim title fight at UFC 111. Let’s just hope that the ref can step in a little quicker this time should Cormier manage to put Mir’s lights out. Otherwise, Mir is going to have to start tattooing information onto his body and taking photos of his friends and family to deal with his inability to form new memories. Always remember Sammy Jenkis, Frank.

But what do you think, Potato Nation? Is this a good matchup for either man, and how do you think it will go down?

-J. Jones

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Qlay- July 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Sounds like Mir is doing Dana a favor rather than getting "dropped" to the minor leagues.
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blaphtome- July 27, 2012 at 8:48 am
OUCH! Big fan of his, but this is a horrible matchup for Mir. Mir will NEVER take him down, and Cormier transitions between takedown attempts and striking better than anyone in the division. Dude is really slick and fast for the division. Hope Mir has a new trick.
John_Roger- July 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Why would he not take the fight? I don't think he see's it as being kicked down to the minors. Frank Mir IS a fighter, and a family man. You have to respect the guy, he provides for his family. While you guys are talking shit, he's banking for his family's future.
DARKHORSE06- July 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm
I see Mir throwing a reckless chin straight into Cormiers fist. 2nd round tko.
Crow42- July 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm
This should be a great fight
I always crack up when I hear of black fedor
Sopapo- July 26, 2012 at 11:15 am
To be honest I think Miocic or Travis Brown would have been a better match up for cormier than Mir. Both of those dudes would KO mir, as we all know. Hell, even Mark Hunt would have been amazing thou he would have been taken down easily.
What im saying is that Mir can't win fights where he gets hit in the face, except for the miracle in the Nogueira fight (which had me jumping up and down screaming in excitement).
KrmtDfrog- July 26, 2012 at 11:07 am
I just Francisco is getting a huge payday, because there is very little chance that this ends well for him
http://www.galsguidetomma.com/2012/7/26/3188090/frank-mir-going-to-strikeforce-daniel-cormier
HokieHitman- July 26, 2012 at 11:07 am
Much respect to Mir he is always up for the fight no matter the opponent never ducking or playing the "injured" card
knucklesamitch- July 26, 2012 at 8:27 am
Smart move by Mir, at least from a company standpoint. He steps down to Strikeforce to fight Cormier (and in doing so, does Zuffa a HUGE favor). After the fight, the Strikeforce HeavyWt. div will be dismantled, so he's safely headed back to the UFC. If he manages to beat Cormier, and if Cain can take the title off of JDS, Mir is only a fight or 2 away from another title shot thanks to being a company man. Not sure if that's actually true, but I'm sure that is Mir's thought process.
twistedvision- July 26, 2012 at 8:19 am
Is frank on the brink of retirement?
Fried Taco- July 26, 2012 at 8:15 am
I heard it won't be on the September 29th event, but at a later one.
J.Jones- July 26, 2012 at 8:23 am
I just caught word of that as well, changing now.
Fried Taco- July 26, 2012 at 8:35 am
Candwich FTW!
RearNakedSpoon- July 26, 2012 at 8:06 am
Pen I'll save you the hassle of even doing that. Mir's best chance of winning is taking it to the ground, so he will stand with him the whole time and then the usual idea that he needs to prove he has a chin by allowing his opponent to punch him unconscious back fires.
NomadRip- July 26, 2012 at 8:00 am
He just fought for the UFC title and he's getting kicked down to the minors? Sucks for Mir.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- July 26, 2012 at 8:00 am
Don't knock Candwich bro......that saved alot of lives during Katrina
Pen Fifteen- July 26, 2012 at 7:59 am
I'm going with 'I'll probably just read the results the next day online because no one I know has a Showtime subscription, and this fight isn't worth $10 a month.'
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