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Daniel Cormier meets Josh Barnett in Grand Prix final on May 19

After an extended wait for health-related reasons Strikeforce has finally booked a bout between Heavyweight Grand Prix finalists Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett. While no location has been revealed, if all goes according to plan the two talented fighters will meet on May 19 to determine who the last man standing will be.

Strikeforce announced the match-up during last night’s broadcast of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.

Cormier earned his slot after outpointing Jeff Monson last June, then being offered an opportunity to replace the since-departed Alistair Overeem in the tournament’s field. The 9-0 former Olympian took advantage of the situation by knocking out Antonio Silva in the opening round of their semifinal scrap. However, he suffered a broken hand in the fight and has been sidelined ever since.

Though Barnett may not be undefeated he’s emerged with his hand raised the last eight times he’s fought including wins over Monson, Pedro Rizzo, and Gilbert Yvel, as well as Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov in Grand Prix pairings. The affable veteran holds an overall record of 31-5 with three of his losses coming to Mirko Filipovic during the Croatian’s prime in PRIDE.

No other fights were revealed for the upcoming card.

Check out a preview of the upcoming bout below:


  • Niv says:

    This is a very intriguimg fight that should at the end of it produce a very worthy contender to the UFC title holder.

    I can’t wait to hopefully see both of these guys fight in the UFC. Cormier is a freaking beast and as polarizing as Barnett is, today he’s arguably the best hw out there.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Barnett like Overeem is very well rounded. He has good strikes, good wrestling and good subs. It is hard to get an idea of how good the UFC HWs are becuz many are not well rounded or at least havnt shown it yet. I kinda hope Barnett wins and comes in to fight Mir for the title shot. Ive been wanting to see that fight for ages. Id like to see Cormier vs a UFC HW too but would prefer he dropped to 205.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I don’t think Cormier would make much of an impact at the top end of the division at LHW…There’s nothing wrong with being a small HW as long as he can continue to hang with the upper crust he will probably more successful at HW then LHW.

    If Barnett wins or loses how can zuffa deny him a spot in UFC knowing there is a good possibility that the first fight he could take outside of the promotion would be with Fedor and M-1… as shitty as the whole affliction debacle was there is still some fans whom would love to see that fight go down and pay to watch it.

    I can’t wait for some HW action… for some reason regardless of skillset HW main events just get me amped up and eager to watch.


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