Strikeforce’s Cormier, UFC’s Mir to clash on Nov. 3
Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Daniel Cormier puts his unbeaten record on the line when he clashes with former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in a three-round crossover fight Nov. 3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Cormier, a former Oklahoma State wrestler, boasts of a 10-0 MMA record, with seven of those victories happening at Strikeforce while Mir has a 16-6 MMA tally, 14-6 with the UFC.
“I am excited to be going back to Oklahoma for this fight because it’s been like my second home,” Cormier said. “My first fight was in Oklahoma, and the biggest fight of my Strikeforce career will be there.”
“I anticipate a pretty decent crowd and a lot of support on my side. So I’m going to go in there and do my thing and Cowboy Up,” he added.
Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, has purchased Strikeforce last year but the two companies have operated independently and UFC and Strikeforce rosters fighting exclusively.
The UFC, however, approved Mir’s crossover to face Cormier, the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix winner and two-time Olympic wrestler. After the fight, Mir and Cormier will compete exclusively in the UFC.
“Fighting Frank Mir is an honor, as I’ve always viewed him as a great warrior and champion of the sport,” the 33-year-old Cormier said. “This matchup shows that Zuffa is committed to putting me in big fights, and for that I thank them.”
In his last fight, Cormier demolished long-time MMA veteran Josh Barnett while Mir lost to UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos in May.