Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal oversees the finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. Touch of gloves and here we go. Barnett jabs in. Then slips on a body kick. More jab from Barnett. Cormier has yet to respond. A clinch nets nothing for either. Comreir flurries in with punches and lands a leg kick. Barnett resets and lands a right hand. Cormier elf took lands. Cofrmier high kick slaps Barnetr's head. Knees land in close for Cormier after punch combo. Cormier with straight right. Cormeir check glove. Ducks punch. They clinch and Barnett can't get him down. Coermier unloads against the cage and lands a body shot. Cormier checks his eye. Barnett with knee to the body. Barnett lead with left hook and Cormier counters. They clinch, and Cormier again hints at the knee. Cormier with an uppercut in tight. Barnett kicks to the body. Pause. Cormier with a left hook. Barnett misses with punch but lands a kick on a retreating Cormier. They clinch, and Cormier attempts a kick. Cormier with a shot to the body. Right hand from Cormier tags Barentt on tail end of combo. Cormier goes to the body again, and Barnett attempts to come over with a right. Leg kick lands for Barnett. Cormier with front kick, then low kick. Barnett advancing. They clinch, and Cormier knees as Barnett punches. Cormier with stiff jab and right hand. Barnett catches kick and lands a right. They clinch, and Cormier is grimacing. He drives Barnett to the cage with 10 seconds left, and Barnett lands a knee before the bell sounds. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 2 - Barnett kicks low as Cormier punches. Next Cormier combo lands flush. The next one, too. Barnett hits a counter, but again, Cormier has a response. Barnett fires back nicely on a counter. This is a standup fight so far. Barnett is getting tagged in the pocket. Cormier trips back, but Barnett can't capitalize. Barnett lands right off jab. Combo with leg kick from Cormier. Cormier's straight right is landing more often than not. Barnett with a low kick. He charges into the clinch and eats a punch. Cormier to the body. Barnett punches in and Cormier grabs a single-leg. Barnett elbows the head as Cormier tries to control his breathing. Cormier works ground and pound in the closed guard, grinds his forearm into Barnett's face. Barnett attempts a triangle, but Cormier postures out. Barnett grabs a leg, but Cormier instantly defends. An armbar attempt fails, and Barnett is bleeding. Elbow from the bottom from Barnett. He's working to tie it up. For good reason: Cormier unloads with a flurry of punches as the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 3 - Barnett closes, but Cormier counters off the cage and resets. Cormier with a right hook off a missed combo. Barnett lands in close with a punch and knee and drives for the takedown. He can't get it against cage. Cormier escapes. Barnett presses again, lands an uppercut off a Cormier punch. Cormier bobs and goes to the body. Left hand on the tail end of a one-two for Cormier. Barnett charges with a knee and issues. Cormier picks Barnett up and dumps him off a missed combo. Cormier is in side control, working short elbows. Barnett trying to escape, does out the back door. Cormier thinks guillotine but lets it go. Barnett's nose bleeding. Barnett pops him with a knee as he closes. Straight right for Cormier. Barnett misses with a left hook. Both miss on uppercut attempts. They trade right hands. Barnett kicks and Cormier catches it, but can't get fight down. Cormier with a high kick, and Barnett is rocked. Cormier flurries against the cage, and a woozy Barnett fires back in desperation. Cormier wheels to his back, and Barnett uses a reverse elbow. Cormier drives them to the cage and knees the legs. More elbows from Barnett. 10 seconds left. Round ends with Cormier at Barnett's back.
Round 4 - A big stream of blood just leaked form Barnett's nose. He closes with punches and Cormier resets. They trade jabs. Barnett lands a knee on the advance and clinches. Cormier breaks off. Cormier goes to the body as Barnett kicks the leg. Barnett leads in with a right and they clinch briefly. He lands a knee off a Cormier combo. Cormier's high kick blocked. Another high kick slaps Barnett again. Cormier to the body. Barnett charges in with a knee and clinches against the cage. Cormier grabs his neck and reverses before breaking off. Barnett's left eye is swelling shut. He misses a spinning back fist attempt. Left hook lands for Barnett. Barnett blocks a shot but eats one. Cormier gets a takedown and Barnett is working for a kimura. Barnett rolls for an ankle and cranks it, but Cormier slithers out to the audience's delight. Cormier now in Barnett's guard. Elbows follow on both ends. One minute to go. Barnett looks for a kimura, but Cormier pulls out. Rosenthal doesn't see enough and stands them up. Barnett is a mess, but he's still pressing forward and drives Cormier to the cage. Barnett lands a few knees to the body as the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores the frame 10-9 for Cormier.
Round 5 - A shake of hands starts round five. Barnett advances and unloads a body kick. Front kicks rom Barnett, then another advance. Cormier goes to Rosenthal about something and Rosenthal calls for a towel on a short break before restarting. Barnett misses on the advance and presses Cormier against the cage. Cormier with short punches. Barnett with an elbow. Barnett with a knee in the clinch before Cormier breaks off. Chants of "DC." Barnett with body kick off high kick. He leads with a left hook but misses. Cormier high kick misses. Barnett lands kick and misses punch on next charge. He's still creeping in, and Cormier is circling to evade. One-two from Cormier is blocked. Barnett misses with spinning back fist, and Cormier takes him down when they clinch. Barnett pops up and is nearly dumped to the mat. Cormier presses them to the cage. One minute left. Barnett with a knee in close. This is going to the scorecards. Barnett trying to escape off the cage. He can't do it. 30 seconds to go. Cormier knees the legs. 10 seconds left, and Cormier breaks off and literally runs for the remainder of the fight. When the bell sounds, his hands shoot northward. MMAjunkie.com scores the final frame 10-9 for Cormier, who pitches a shutout with a 50-45 score. Daniel Cormier def. Josh Barnett via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)