Daniel Cormier: The Strikeforce Heavyweight GP is the biggest thing in my lifePosted on July 26, 2011, 04:39 PM by Joey Santosus
"People are saying that the tournament means nothing because Overeem is out, it's the biggest thing in my life. When I first saw the tournament started, I thought it was the greatest collection of heavyweights in one bracket. I still get to fight some of the best heavyweights in the world, and if I string this together, I think it validates me as a mixed martial artist... At some point, I'm going to be considered one of the best fighters in the world. My drive and determination are going to push me in that direction. - For more from Daniel Cormier, visit Yahoo! Sports (via MMAMania.com)
While many considered Alistair Overeem's abrupt withdraw from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix the final nail in an already diminished tournament's coffin, it appears alternate, turned active participant, Daniel Cormier sees things quite differently.
The undefeated former Olympian was called upon to step in for Overeem when the Dutchman was forced out of his semifinal bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva with an injured toe. If Cormier can successfully get passed Silva, he'll find himself in a finals match with the winner of Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov. In addition to bragging rights, rumors have suggested that the eventual Grand Prix Champion could be rewarded a shot at Strikeforce gold, or even a UFC contract. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Does Daniel Cormier have what it takes to reign supreme over a bracket that once included such names as Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum?