Daniel Cormier Wants Frank Mir in January
STUDIO MMA, RIVERSIDE, CA – In the past few months, injuries have damaged promising cards and forced numerous event cancellations. Most recently, Strikeforce was forced to cancel their second event in a row due to multiple injuries, leaving the card unappealing to the Showtime brass.
No one was more surprised and upset about the cancellation of Strikeforce’s November 3rd card then heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, who was originally set to face former UFC champ Frank Mir before he pulled out with an injury. Then if that wasn’t enough, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold suffered an injury that forced him off the card as well. Ultimately, Cormier and middleweight title challenger Lorenz Larkin where left without opponents.
As time was dwindling down with no word on replacements, Strikeforce decided to cancel the show all together. Leaving the MMA community to wonder is this the end of Strikeforce? No says Showtime and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, promising a ‘stacked’ January card.
On Axs.TV’s Monday edition of “Inside MMA”, Hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten spoke to Cormier on what’s next for him.
The January show is happening, so let’s not lose interest in Strikeforce. It’s a great organization. I don’t have an opponent, but with the two-month delay, hopefully Frank Mir’s injury has healed up and he’ll be ready to go. I haven’t been told that I’m fighting for sure, but if they’re saying it’s a stacked card, I’m hoping I’m one of those guys they look at as a guy you put on that kind of card, and it potentially becomes a little bit better. I’m hoping to be on the January fight card, and I’m hoping to fight Frank Mir. Hopefully, he’s healthy, and he’s ready to go.