After months of hype surrounding unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Cormier’s last fight under the Strikeforce banner it appears he organization has booked him against relative unknown Dion Staring. Cormier was originally set to face Frank Mir on November 3 before the show was cancelled due to a string of injuries to the main card competitors including Mir.
According to MMAJunkie, Cormier will see action against Staring on January 12 before joining the UFC’s roster. Other fights attached to the event include Nate Marquardt-Tarec Saffiedine and Luke Rockhold-Lorenz Larkin.
The 10-0 Cormier has emerged as one of the division’s top talents after picking up consecutive wins over Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett in his previous three pairings. Seven of his instances of success have involved some form of stoppage.
Holding an overall record of 28-7, Staring has emerged victorious in nine of his last ten bouts including six straight. While he’s done well on the regional scene, the match-up with Cormier will mark his Strikeforce debut.
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