Strikeforce recently sent out a press release in promotion of the upcoming August 21st Strikeforce: Houston show and revealed that world class wrestler Daniel Cormier will appear on the card opposite heavy-hitting Jason Riley.
Cormier was a representative of the United States in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games as a member of the US wrestling team. An NCAA Division-1 wrestler for Oklahoma State University, Cormier made the transition to mixed martial arts in 2009 when he took on Gary Frazier at Strikeforce Challengers-3; Cormier won via second round TKO (strikes). Cormier has competed twice since then, taking home two first round stoppage (due to strikes) wins over John Devine and Lucas Browne, respectively. Cormier trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy with the likes of Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Cain Velasquez and Mike Swick.
Jason “The Juggernaut” Riley earned four of his seven wins via knockout but is currently looking to get back into the win column after posting a disappointing TKO loss to Devin Cole in March. Riley took on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in September of 2009 and was defeated via TKO (strikes) in the first round.
Strikeforce: Houston is scheduled to take place on August 21st at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The card will be headlined by Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal who will be defending his Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.