When former UFC champion Frank Mir went down with an injury and was forced to withdraw from a scheduled scrap with Strikeforce star Daniel Cormier it left the promotion looking for a legitimate replacement. Though a number of heavyweights were quick to step up and offer their services, including the likes of Fabricio Werdum and Roy Nelson, Strikeforce has yet to announce who will fill the vacancy opposite Cormier or even hint at the likely possibilities.
However, if Cormier has his way he could end up facing a fighter few have tabbed for the tilt – Pat Barry. The hard-hitting kickboxer hasn’t fought since May and recently came forward to express his interest in competing again before the end of 2012.
“He will take the fight. Let’s do it,” Tweeted Cormier to UFC President Dana White in hopes of scoring a fight with his fellow Louisianan.
While the 7-5 Barry has lost three of his last four fights, making him a strange selection considering Cormier’s interest in challenging for a title, the unbeaten grappler isn’t so sure the UFC actually wants to risk one of their top contenders on a non-PPV bout outside of the Octagon. That being said, Cormier also made it clear he’s open to fighting anyone the organization puts in front of him on November 3 in Oklahoma City.
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