Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier is set to enter the UFC after a dominating victory over Dion Staring in the co-main event of the final Strikeforce show.
After he win, Cormier stood in the middle of the cage and let his future plans be known.
“I signed my UFC contract,” said Cormier. “April 20 on Fox, Frank Mir, let’s do it. It was supposed to happen, and we were supposed to fight in Oklahoma, so he owes it to me.”
Cormier doesn’t seem to be the only one interested in the match. Mir was interviewed at the World MMA Awards and seemed anxious to get a crack at the former Olympian.
“I’m hoping Cormier has a good outing against his opponent,” said Mir. “I can’t recall his name right now. (Given) the fact that we all don’t know his name very well, I’m assuming that means that (Cormier) should do well and hopefully come through unscathed so that he can do what he wants, which is come into the UFC and I can be more than happy welcome him.”
“I think it’s an excellent test for him. I think, you know, always be careful what you wish for. I think that his wrestling will definitely be tested in our fight. My submissions have the ability to definitely change outcomes of fights pretty quickly.”
Cormier was as prepared as ever for his bout on Saturday because he wanted to put on a good showing for his future boss, UFC president Dana White. Despite a sickness, Cormier went out and finished his opponent early.
“I felt great. I was kind of concerned, because I felt sick all week,” said Cormier. “I thought I was going to get tired, but I didn’t. I was still going hard, on top of him, punching him. But he was just a really tough guy.”
Cormier’s teammate at the American Kickboxing Academy is UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, so Cormier will likely change weight classes after his tango with Mir.
Where will Cormier be headed? To the light-heavyweight division where he hopes to challenge the champion Jon Jones.
“I’m going to let Jon defend his belt on April 27,” said Cormier. “And then I’m going to kick his ass in the fall.”
Mixed martial arts fans have to be eager for Cormier’s arrival in the UFC. Whether it be at heavyweight or 205-pounds, Cormier presents a handful of exciting match ups in the world’s largest promotion.
Cormier has the skill set to beat Jon Jones, so it will be interesting to see if the two will ever meet in the octagon.