Cormier Inks New UFC Contract, Eyes Fight With Mir

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/daniel-cormier-inks-new-contract-eyes-frank-mir-and-dual-division-run-in-ufc

This past weekend Strikeforce heavyweight-grand-prix champion Daniel Cormier signed a new contract that paves his way to the UFC.

Now, Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) just has to beat Dion Staring (28-7 MMA, 0-0 SF) at Strikeforce's final event, which takes place Jan. 12 on his alma mater's home turf.

If Cormier is successful, which is widely expected to be the case, he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he'd like to fight Frank Mir inside the UFC octagon in April.

Cormier, who said his new deal is a "shorter contract," recently received a text message from a friend alerting him to a respectful callout from Mir on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."

"So I go, 'OK, Frank Mir and I are going to fight, then,'" said the Olympian and Oklahoma State University grad, who co-headlines the "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine" event with Staring at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. (Main-card fights air on Showtime following prelims on Showtime Extreme.)

Cormier and Mir previously were scheduled to meet at an ill-fated Strikeforce event in September. Mir, who had previously lost a title bid against UFC champ Junior Dos Santos, was tapped to be the first and only UFC-to-Strikeforce import. But Mir withdrew due to a knee injury, and the event was canceled when a replacement couldn't be found (and other injuries scrapped other headliners).

At this point, Cormier hoped to be fighting at this weekend's UFC 155 event beside his teammate and former UFC champion, Cain Velasquez, who aims to win back the belt when he rematches Dos Santos in the event's headliner.

Instead, Cormier anticipates a longer road to the top after seeing the Mir fight fizzle.

"I could have said, 'I deserve to get a title shot right when I get there,' but it goes back to Dion Staring," he said. "After Dion, I don't it puts me in a position to ask for an immediate title shot."

And then there's the question of what happens when he gets to the top if he and Velasquez are successful. Fighting teammates is unacceptable for the two, who are longtime members of the San Jose, Calif. gym, American Kickboxing Academy.

Cormier said he plans to avoid the issue by continually moving between the heavyweight and light-heavyweight divisions.

"I want to try to leave my mark on the sport," he said. "I'm older, I started late, and imagine in this day and age a guy going up and down and being successful. That would make a mark, I think."

And the tourney champ also has ambitious plans for 2013. After canceled events and contract negotiations dwindled his schedule to a single fight this year, he'd like to compete four times in the next 12 months.

"It's great to have some time to sharpen up my skills ... but I would much rather be a little busier now because I'm at a point in my career where I've got to fighting three or four times a year," he said.

Cormier, though, is aware of the pitfalls of overconfidence. He admits he was surprised when Strikeforce parent Zuffa proposed Staring as an opponent, and he knew of the fighter only through a teammate who was supposed to fight him. But he is preparing himself for a tough opponent.

"There's just too many ways to lose this fight," he said. "You can actually lose this fight and win at the same time, so it's a tough situation."

But he sees a clear roadmap for the immediate future.

"What's going to happen is Cain is going to win this weekend, I'm going to win in January ... and (Alistair) Overeem's going to fight Cain," Cormier said.

I hope he fights Mir April 27th in NJ. I plan on being there :)

I dont understand all this talk about Comier going down to LHW, he is wrecking his opponents at HW so far.

I dont think so Bratt, I think he might fight Mir a week earlier.

april 20th UFC on Fox 7 DC/Mir main event.

Malagant - I dont understand all this talk about Comier going down to LHW, he is wrecking his opponents at HW so far.

SF hw's are not UFC hw's. No comparison.
It's nice to see someone like DC coming over, and asking for a reasonable first opponent. If he wants a belt, it will be at LHW though. Probably after JJ vacates.

So you don't think Cormier can give Cain a challenge? The reason I ask is that if can beat a former HW champ that isn't past his prime why would he go to lhw?

paluka - So you don't think Cormier can give Cain a challenge? The reason I ask is that if can beat a former HW champ that isn't past his prime why would he go to lhw?

Because they said so. Unless they have a major falling out they will never fight...or so it is now Phone Post

AresSmashedPrahjuhdee - 
stonepony - 
Malagant - I dont understand all this talk about Comier going down to LHW, he is wrecking his opponents at HW so far.

SF hw's are not UFC hw's. No comparison.
It's nice to see someone like DC coming over, and asking for a reasonable first opponent. If he wants a belt, it will be at LHW though. Probably after JJ vacates.

you're such a dumb phaget.

Now let's look through your comments and find where you talked about Bigfoot Silva going to smash his way to the belt.

derp

stonepony - 
Malagant - I dont understand all this talk about Comier going down to LHW, he is wrecking his opponents at HW so far.

SF hw's are not UFC hw's. No comparison.
It's nice to see someone like DC coming over, and asking for a reasonable first opponent. If he wants a belt, it will be at LHW though. Probably after JJ vacates.

Yeah, there's clearly no comparison between the Strikeforce and UFC heavyweights. It's not like three of the top five are heavyweights from Strikeforce, as well as half of the top ten, and just look at how poorly Overeem, Bigfoot, Lavar and Werdum have done in the UFC.

Proteus The Invincible - 
stonepony - 
Malagant - I dont understand all this talk about Comier going down to LHW, he is wrecking his opponents at HW so far.

SF hw's are not UFC hw's. No comparison.
It's nice to see someone like DC coming over, and asking for a reasonable first opponent. If he wants a belt, it will be at LHW though. Probably after JJ vacates.

Yeah, there's clearly no comparison between the Strikeforce and UFC heavyweights. It's not like three of the top five are heavyweights from Strikeforce, as well as half of the top ten, and just look at how poorly Overeem, Bigfoot, Lavar and Werdum have done in the UFC.

They're always ranked at the top, until they actually step up and face the music. COUGHgilCOUGH

Overoids... Hah... Who did he fight in SF again? Over how many years? Not Fedor, not Barnett, not anybody. Bigfoot got smashed, and then gifted a win against a one-legged opponent.

Werdum should do well anyway.

Malagant - I dont understand all this talk about Comier going down to LHW, he is wrecking his opponents at HW so far.

This

I think the 205 talk is because people give him a legit chance to beat Jon Jones, but I agree completely, he is wrecking guys at heavy, should be no talk about 205 until Cormier gets his ass handed to him a few times at HW, and especially after what he did to Barnett

want to see Jones/Cormier? wait 2 yrs til Jones moves up to HW

Glad to have The Black Emperor in the mix at HW and maybe even LHW. I always root for badass smaller HWs like Original Recipe Fedor and Mexican Fedor.

BuddyRevell - 


Glad to have The Black Emperor in the mix at HW and maybe even LHW. I always root for badass smaller HWs like Original Recipe Fedor and Mexican Fedor.


Original Recipe Fedor...I literally LOL'd

Cormier is so easy to root for. Seems like a real genuine guy who comes to fight every time. Phone Post

God,

I do hope Cain will win. Then we will see Cormier making a run at the LHW title. Finally a potential threat to JBJ belt.

Shit just got real

fightharder - 


God,



I do hope Cain will win. Then we will see Cormier making a run at the LHW title. Finally a potential threat to JBJ belt.


Would rather him at HW right now, JDS vs Reem and then DC.

I'd say that would be a hell of 2013 if we get JDS/Cain on Sat then JDS vs Reem in the summer and JDS/Reem vs DC next fall.

He can drop to LHW if he loses at HW.

Great post, voted you up.  One correction, Cormier did make weight.  

Can't wait to see him in the UFC and if hes going ot bounce around between HW and LHW, he should be in lots of exciting fights.