Daniel Cormier had a chance to show off his improved stand-up tonight against Jeff Monson as he claimed a comfortable unanimous decision victory at Strikeforce: Overeem Vs Werdum.
The opening round was essentially all Cormier as he stalked Monson and showed that he had better hands than the veteran, tagging him with a number of combinations to the body and head.
Showing the development in his striking the decorated wrestler also found some success with kicks, while Monson struggled to get his own offense going.
Onto round two and while Monson was occasionally able to land single strikes, Cormier was consistently firing out combinations that were landing and gradually wearing down his opponent.
Cormier really started to turn the screw in the final round as Monson begins to tire and wilt under the frequent barrage of strikes coming his way. A couple of times Monson looks close to buckling and at one stage was forced to bid a hasty retreat to avoid further punishment, but Cormier takes his foot of the gas in the closing minute letting him off the hook.
Still, there’s no doubt about the winner as Cormier takes a clean 30-27 verdict on all three judges scorecards.
Overall this is a confidence boosting win for Cormier against his toughest opponent to date, and while his wrestling remains his best weapon in the cage, he showed tonight that he’s also working hard on his striking, and it’s certainly paying dividends.