Frank Mir Heads to Strikeforce to Take on Their Heavyweight World GP Champion!

Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir will move over to the Strikeforce ranks and face their Heavyweight World Grand-Prix champion, Daniel Cormier sometime later this year in October or November, before resuming his career inside the octagon of course.

UFC President, Dana White, speaking to USA Today, said:

“There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense. The reality is, Cormier is one of the best heavyweights in the world. He just won the grand prix and beat Josh Barnett. He needs to fight opponents of that caliber, and Frank Mir is that guy.”

Cormier, speaking via ESPN.com, said:

“I got exactly what I asked for, No matter who they put in front of me, I was going to prepare myself like a professional and get ready to fight. But I just did not know, with everything that has been said about guys crossing over (from Strikeforce to UFC), if they were going to be able to find someone who fit how my career has played out.”

“My career has played out where I’ve advanced at every step, from one guy to the next to the next. I wasn’t sure if there were too many guys outside of UFC who fit that. Frank Mir does that and even more.

“He’s a guy I have a great amount of respect for, all of his accomplishments and what he’s done lately. I get to fight the guy who just fought for the UFC championship two months ago.”

Cormier, who is 10-0 as a professional mixed martial artist, climbed to the top of the Strikeforce heavyweight division after winning the world grand-prix tournament, defeating Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in the semi-finals before picking up a unanimous decision win over Josh Barnett in the final.

Mir has looked impressive of late, piling on the pounds to make a devastating run at the world title for the third time. Wins over Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira secured him a title shot where he fell short and was finished by Junior dos Santos on May 26th at UFC 146.

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