Former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier parlayed his eight-fight undefeated record into a spot as a tournament alternate in the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix and, with Alistair Overeem having left the tournament and taken up residence in the UFC, DC will step in to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the Grand Prix semi-finals this Saturday night.
With Jeff Monson being the biggest name he’s faced so far, Cormier will be up against his stiffest test yet when he meets Silva in the cage. To advance, Bigfoot took out heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, but Cormier explained to MMAWeekly today why he won’t meet the same fate as The Last Emperor.
“I think I’m gonna have a more solid gameplan going into the fight and also, I have a different skill set than Fedor,” said Cormier. “I may not be as fast as him with my hands but I’m actually pretty quick with my hands and my movements. I’m actually able to take him down, I think I’ll have some success with my takedowns against Bigfoot Silva. So, there’s a different skill set. Hopefully, a lot of times, I’ll be able to put him in positions where he won’t be able to use his size on me.”
It doesn’t matter how it comes about, or in what round, but Cormier is confident that he’ll exceed expectations and defeat Silva emphatically, bringing his record to 9-0.
“Whatever way it happens, I don’t care,” he said. “I just want to get my hand raised. At the end of the day you’re gonna hear, ‘And still undefeated Daniel Cormier.'”
Cormier will meet Silva in the co-main event of Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, which takes place this Saturday night at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.