Daniel Cormier: Mir next, then I want to kick Jones’ ass
In the Strikeforce Final, AKA-trained heavyweight Daniel Cormier beat 20-1 underdog Dutchman Dion Staring in the second round, and then revealed who’s next.
“I signed my UFC contract,” said Cormier. “April 20 on Fox, Frank Mir, let’s do it. It was supposed to happen, and we were supposed to fight in Oklahoma, so he owes it to me.”
In a recent interview at the World MMA Awards, Mir too was eager for the fight.
“I’m hoping Cormier has a good outing against his opponent,” said Mir to MMAFightCorner.com reporter Heidi Fang. “I can’t recall his name right now. (Given) the fact that we all don’t know his name very well, I’m assuming that means that (Cormier) should do well and hopefully come through unscathed so that he can do what he wants, which is come into the UFC and I can be more than happy welcome him.”
“I think it’s an excellent test for him. I think, you know, always be careful what you wish for. I think that his wrestling will definitely be tested in our fight. My submissions have the ability to definitely change outcomes of fights pretty quickly.”
Cormier was not content with just calling out Mir. Next up was UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 159.
“I’m going to let Jon defend his belt on April 27,” said Cormier. “And then I’m going to kick his ass in the fall.”
Cormier had been scheduled to fight Mir in November of last year, but Mir got injured and eventually the entire card collapsed. Eventually, Cormier was matched against Staring, who had UFC heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem in his corner.
“I felt great. I was kind of concerned, because I felt sick all week,” said Cormier. “I thought I was going to get tired, but I didn’t. I was still going hard, on top of him, punching him. But he was just a really tough guy.”
At one point in the fight, Cormier appeared ready to go for an armbar, but opted to stay on top, raining punches.
“I’m a guy who is mainly never going to give up position for a submission,” said Cormier. “That’s just kind of my style. I’m a wrestler. I could have had it, but I’m not too sure on that yet.”
If Cormier’s MMA game needs rounding out, Steven ‘Fritão’ Seagal is standing by to help his friend out.
“If I had to choose anybody today [as a Fighter of the Year] I’d pick Daniel Cormier,” said shihan at this weekend’s World MMA Awards. “Because I think he is the best out of that lot. He’s the guy and maybe going to be working with him a little bit. We’ll see. I think he’s kind of the person not everyone knows about, but he’s a sleeper, you know? And that’s going to be interesting. I’m not going to say anything more than that. I’ll just say he’s a friend of mine … that’s all.”