Does Barnett/Cormier winner deserve UFC title fight?

by Rob Tatum | source:

It has been 15 months since the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament kicked off, bringing back memories of the old Pride tournaments of nearly a decade ago. Now, the entire heavyweight division of Strikeforce is about to become a thing of the past as well.

Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier are the last men standing, not only in the tournament but also in the division. Since the promotion was acquired by Zuffa in March of last year, the rest of the fighters in the division were shifted to the UFC and the announcement was made that the division was being dissolved following the Grand Prix.

However, the promotion's broadcast partner, Showtime, stipulated that the winner must have one more fight under the Strikeforce banner. So why not have it be against the UFC champion?

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Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

5/17/12 7:47 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle


Gullivers Travels site profile image  

5/17/12 7:40 PM by Gullivers Travels

Agree with what others have said - yes to Barnett, no to Cormier. Give Daniel one more fight before the belt if he wins.

stevekt site profile image  

5/17/12 7:25 PM by stevekt

If the winner of the Iron Ring didn't get a UFC title shot then I don't see why the SF tournament winner should either.

RealTerry site profile image  

5/17/12 7:22 PM by RealTerry

You mean like how they have punished Chael Sonnen so much? They dont give a fuck who juices, its all just posturing

tanner904 site profile image  

5/17/12 6:30 PM by tanner904

I don't think it would be a bad idea cause people act like the divison is stacked but it's really not. If Barnett wins if would make alot of sense Cormier might need to get more experience but both guys I could see fighting for the belt. I want to see more of Travis Browne

Evzey site profile image  

5/17/12 4:32 PM by Evzey

I'd like to seem them fight at least a number one contender fight

DWray site profile image  

5/17/12 4:06 PM by DWray

Barnett, yes. Cormier, one more number one contender fight.

Woodford Mike site profile image  

5/17/12 4:00 PM by Woodford Mike

Don't think so. They should both get UFC contracts with the winner high in contention status.On side note - wondering if Cormier and Velasquez would fight one another if paired up? I'm guessing no.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

5/17/12 3:26 PM by MMALOGIC

 why would the UFC champ go to SF to defend his belt?  The winner of the tourney will probably fight a nobody in SF for his last fight.

CLINTK9 site profile image  

5/17/12 2:30 PM by CLINTK9

love to see it, but dont think its gonna happen.