The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner wasn't even in the field when the tournament began.
Daniel Cormier, considered a prospect in need of more seasoning when the tourney began, announced himself as a rising power on the world scene, smashing through Josh Barnett in cruising to a five-round decision win. Two judges scored it 50-45 while the third scored it 49-46.
By the end of the one-sided fight, Barnett's face was covered in his own blood, and his right eye was black and blue.
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier took take place Saturday, May 19th, in San Jose, California, and featured the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Main Card (Televised Live on Showtime, 10:00 PM ET)
-Daniel Cormier def. Josh Barnett via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
-Gilbert Melendez def. Josh Thomson via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
-Cavalcante def. Kyle via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:33 of the first round.
-Spang def. Burrell via knockout (knees and punches) at 1:35 of the first round
Preliminary Card (Televised Live on Showtime Extreme, 8:00 PM ET)
-Vallie-Flagg def. Cavalcante by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
-Guto Inocente def. Virgil Zwicker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
-Gian Villante def. Derrick Mehmen via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Quinn Mulhern def. Yuri Villefort via unanimous decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
-Bobby Green def. James Terry via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
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