In a surprising twist, Frank Mir (Pictured) has volunteered to temporarily transition to Strikeforce to face Daniel Cormier in the final heavyweight bout in the promotion’s history.
“There has been a lot of speculation as to who Cormier would fight next, and this is the fight that makes the most sense,” UFC president Dana White told USAToday. “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.”
Last December, Strikeforce decided to eliminate the 265-pound class from its roster. However, broadcast partner Showtime required for the Heavyweight Grand Prix winner to defend his belt once before erasing the division.
Most of Strikeforce’s elite heavies have already been promoted to big brother UFC.
Cormier bumped his professional mixed martial arts record to a perfect 10-0 by cruising to a unanimous decision victory against Barnett in May. He took home this monstrosity for taking the tourney.
White previously professed that if Cormier maintained an unblemished résumé upon his big league transfer, he would be granted an immediate title shot. What better way to solidify his top contender status than by beating a former two-time UFC champion, regardless if it takes place inside of a hexagon instead of the world famous Octagon?
After winning three straight scraps, Mir was violently put down by reigning heavyweight king Junior dos Santos at UFC 146.
Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California hosts the September 29th show. Cormier vs. Mir serves as the night’s co-featured attraction.
Updated 7/25/12 at 8:32 PM PT:
According to USAToday, Cormier vs. Mir will now go down in a soon-to-be announced October or November event instead of co-headlining Strikeforce’s September 29th card.