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Old 07-25-2012, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC’s Mir books Strikeforce fight vs. Cormier

UFC’s Mir books Strikeforce fight vs. Cormier

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) is temporarily leaving the octagon in favor of a Strikeforce cage.

USA TODAY Sports confirmed with UFC and Strikeforce officials that Mir has agreed to meet Strikeforce grand prix winner and former two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) in the co-main event of September’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy fight card, on Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, and airs on Showtime.

“There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense,” UFC president Dana White said. “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.”

Strikeforce was purchased by the UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, LLC, in March 2011. The companies have since operated independently, and differences between White and Strikeforce’s broadcast partners at Showtime have led to a largely frosty relationship. However, this booking represents a temporary change in direction, as the UFC and Strikeforce rosters were previously considered mutually exclusive.

Following the fight, both Mir and Cormier will compete in the UFC after a decision this past fall for Strikeforce to dissolve its heavyweight division in favor of focusing on developing other weight classes. Many of the company’s heavyweights moved to the UFC, while Cormier stayed to finish out the heavyweight tournament.

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Mir to Strikeforce

Apparently Mir is fighting Cormier in Strikeforce.

http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-s...ht-vs-cormier/

Pretty crazy...
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Frank Mir leave UFC for.....Cormier

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"Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) is temporarily leaving the octagon in favor of a Strikeforce cage.

USA TODAY Sports confirmed with UFC and Strikeforce officials that Mir has agreed to meet Strikeforce grand prix winner and former two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) in the co-main event of September's Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy fight card, on Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, and airs on Showtime.

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

Strikeforce was purchased by the UFC's parent company, Zuffa, LLC, in March 2011. The companies have since operated independently, and differences between White and Strikeforce's broadcast partners at Showtime have led to a largely frosty relationship. However, this booking represents a temporary change in direction, as the UFC and Strikeforce rosters were previously considered mutually exclusive.

Following the fight, both Mir and Cormier will compete in the UFC after a decision this past fall for Strikeforce to dissolve its heavyweight division in favor of focusing on developing other weight classes. Many of the company's heavyweights moved to the UFC, while Cormier stayed to finish out the heavyweight tournament."


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Cormier will smash him.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Interesting move for Mir. He matches up well with Cormier stylistically and could possibly be setting himself up for a belt unification. I think Mir has a better chance against Cormier just due to their respective styles than he does with the UFC heavyweight contenders and definitely the champ.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Their won't be title unification because Cormier doesn't have the belt Overeem does. Good for Frank for stepping up wish more UFC guys would do this.
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Mir wins this one. First time betting against Cormier.
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wait wait wait...what happend to tim sylvia fighting cormier? was that just a rumor? or is this a rumor?

if this is legit man thats awesome, UFC needs to do this more often...and for god sakes help melendez out, they dont even need to send a champ just some quality guys...melendez vs jim miller would be sweet
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Id rather see him fight big foot silva. I'm not exactly a mir fan but I dont like seeing a former champ keep getting put out in every fight. His record says he's been knocked out 6 times. But that is deceptive, brock lesnar no doubt gave him a concussion after a very brutal beat down in their first fight which frank won, same with wes sims who stomped mir out and nog v mir 2 had mir concussed and took a ton of shots within an inch of ending in KO. I'd say its more fair to say he's been knocked out in around 9 fights.

If this fight happens I'd wager on cormier taking via KO round one.
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Mir is going to get absolutely worked if this is true.
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