Daniel Cormier thinks Josh Barnett's best days are behind him, MMA has advancedPosted on May 18, 2012, 01:34 PM by Mike Drahota
Daniel Cormier seems to be supremely confident heading into his Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix Final bout with Josh Barnett tomorrow night. Cormier has a right to be confident, but he is indeed facing a man who has 31 wins to his his name and has not lost since he last fought Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in 2006. Still, Cormier thinks that, although Barnett is a masterful submission technician, the game of MMA is starting to pass him by, and all of the wars he's participated in will begin to take their toll upon his body. Cormier said the following:
"Maybe after the fight, people will say, 'He's slowing down. He's not what he used to be.' But guys don't slow down on their own. Somebody has to actually show them that the time has come, where it's starting to catch up, all the battles and all the wars." - via MMAJunkie.com
Cormier wants to be the man to prove this to the world, to show that his Olympic-level wrestling coupled with world-class striking training at AKA with Cain Velasquez will simply be too much for the elder Barnett to handle. Cormier believes Barnett's best wins are long gone, and “The Warmaster” is not quite as good as he was back then. He continued:
"No knock on Josh, but everybody that fought in that era is starting to slow down. So I think it's going to take a guy to bring it out of him, to show him that it is mileage, and time is starting to catch up to him. Barnett beat all those guys, but a lot of those big wins are back before 2005, so it's not like all these wins are recent. A lot of those wins are way back in the day, so Josh is a completely different fighter than he was."
Cormier thinks that the Heavyweights from Barnett's heyday were simply too one-dimensional, focusing on only some of the tools that it takes to be a complete Mixed Martial Artist. He believes Barnett to focus too much on the submission aspect of the game, and that this alone will not be enough to take him down on Saturday. He summarized it:
"Back in the day, if a guy had a leg lock, he could be a world champion. Well, the game's changed now, and it's advanced. All that stuff doesn't really pertain to me."
The stage has been set for the Heavyweight Grand Prix to finally end. Cormier believes his youth and talent will help him topple the experience and grappling of the old-school Barnett. Who will come out on top in this clash of two generations, and how will they fare in the UFC once the dust has settled?
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