Following this evening’s Strikeforce event in Ohio we now know that the promotion’s heavyweight grand-prix final will be contested by Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.
Both men made short work of their opponents starting with Cormier who proved that there’s more to his game than just world class wrestling by outstriking the much bigger Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva.
In the space of just under four minutes Cormier had dropped Silva to the mat on three occasions, firstly with an overhand right, then by catching a kick and sweeping his leg, and finally landing a massive uppercut that would signal the beginning of the end of the fight.
After that impressive display it was Barnett’s turn and he too made short work of his opponent Sergei Kharitonov. After some brief but full-blooded exchanges on the feet Barnett slickly took the Russian down, landing straight into the mount, and never looked like losing from there.
The end came with less than a minute of the round left after he managed to secure an arm triangle finish to book his spot in the final.
Immediately afterwards both Barnett and Cormier gave their thoughts on meeting each other to decide the tournament winner.
“Cormier is a great opponent, He’s competed at the highest level of athletics,” Barnett said, praising Cormier’s olympic level wrestling skills.
“Josh got what he wanted. We get to fight each other. It’ll be an honor. He’s a former champ…but that takedown ain’t happening,” Cormier warned with a smile.
It’s certainly not the fight people envisaged closing out the grand-prix when it first began back in February, and it’s far from the most glamorous match-up, but it’s certainly an intriguing one and while Barnett went into this evening’s fights as the favorite to win the tournament you certainly wouldn’t want to rule out the possibility of Cormier producing another upset.
No date has been set for the final as yet, but it’s believed it’s likely to happen early next year.