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Andrei Arlovski, Roy Nelson latest fighters to show interest in fighting Daniel Cormier

It looks like Fabricio Werdum is not the only heavyweight willing to step up and face Daniel Cormier on November 3 if called upon for the task. Cormier was left without an opponent this week when news surfaced stating original opponent Frank Mir went down with an injury. Now, in a quick turn of events, it appears Strikeforce actually has a few options to work with rather than empty hands.

According to Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson, they too are open to facing Cormier at the Strikeforce show if Zuffa cares to make either match-up a reality.

“I told the UFC and Dana White, ‘Put me in coach,” wrote Nelson on his Facebook page. “I know there are few that will step up, but hey sometimes you have to ‘FIGHT BEFORE BEING FIRED.’”

The 17-7 Nelson is coming off a knockout win over Dave Herman but is likely to see action against Shane Carwin in his next outing based on the current season of the Ultimate Fighter featuring the twosome as opposing coaches. However, Arlovski has nothing on tap at the moment and certainly appears to be excited about the possibility of a return to big stage.

“If the fans want to see it I’m sure we can make it happen,” exclaimed Arlovski on Twitter.

“The Pitbull” is unbeaten in three fights since being knocked out in February 2011 as part of the Strikeforce Grand Prix. Arlovski holds an overall record of 17-9 with sixteen stoppages. He was last seen soccer-kicking his way to a No Contest against Tim Sylvia a few weeks ago under the ONE FC banner, though prior to the finish it appeared Arlovski had the bout won but saw things fall apart due to confusion with the company’s rules.


  • Lord Faust says:

    My money’s on Andrei. He’s fallen off a bit as-of-late, but Dana hasn’t trashed him and even said — albeit a while back — that he regretted not re-signing him. Andrei is also one of the few non-UFC heavyweights with any credibility to challenge Cormier.

    Also, like I said before, Zuffa would probably sign AA just to rub more salt in Timmeh’s wounds.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Bring cormier to the ufc already.bring all strike force. Even the females and I used to be against it but id rather see rousy vs cyborg than cancelled ppvs.

  • MCM says:

    Out of the three choices, I like Werdum the best. AA may be 3-0 since leaving SF, but it’s not like he’s taken on that great a competition either. Cormier is top 10 while Arlovski hasn’t looked good in 4 years.
    There’s also no way the UFC puts Nelson in. Not after all the money they put in building up to the Carwin fight. TUF just started. Are the fans really gonna sit through 12 weeks of Big Country when they already know he loses as soon as the show is over? That’s too big a risk for the UFC.
    Werdum is top 10 and doesn’t have anything on the horizon. I think he’s the best bet for Cormier.

    And put it on the same card as Barnett/Fedor, cause we ALL still want that fight to happen.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I second MCM’s suggestion. It’s been a while since Werdum’s had a fight, so he should be due to fight someone in the near future anyway.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Too bad the Reem isn’t off suspension… SF HW GP Champion vs. the final SF HW Champion….


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