Strikeforce: Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on May 18, 2012, 07:12 AM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce Heavyweight GP Final: Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier
Josh Barnett - 31-5 with 7 KO/TKO victories and 19 Submissions, 8 fight winning streak. Most recent defeat came against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira back at PRIDE Shockwave 2006.
Daniel Cormier - 10-0 with 4 KO/TKO and 3 Submission finishes. Knocked out Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament Semi-finals. World Wrestling Championships Bronze Medalist, 4th place in 2004 Summer Olympics.
Anton Gurevich: Josh Barnett is one of the few old-school Heavyweights still competing at the highest level. Barnett lost via TKO only once (Pedro Rizzo), and was never submitted in his Mixed Martial Arts career. Daniel Cormier might have a slight advantage in stand-up, but he lacks the depth and experience Josh Barnett has on the ground. It’s safe to assume that Cormier will use his exceptional wrestling skills to get a takedown against Barnett, but that’s exactly where “The Warmaster” wants to be. My prediction is Josh Barnett via Submission in Round 2.
Mike Drahota: The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix is coming to its long-awaited conclusion, and while it's not Alistair Overeem vs. Fedor Emeliankenko, this is a very intriguing fight. A classic battle of seasoned veteran facing an up-and-coming young prospect, both fighters possess excellent wrestling skills. Cormier is undefeated, and impressed with his TKO of Antonio Silva in the semifinals. However, Barnett has tons of experience and tricks up his sleeve. We have not seen Cormier put in any awkward situations as of yet, and Barnett has the tools to do just that. I like Josh Barnett via Submission in Round 2 as well.
Evan Holober: This is a battle of new talent vs. a guy who has been competing since the mid '90s. Barnett has always had trouble with guys he couldn't (or in some cases would not) take down. I don't see any difference here. Daniel Cormier has an argument for best wrestling in MMA, let alone best in the HW division. His stature will also make it tougher for the former "baby-faced assassin" to get the fight to the ground which I think that's what Barnett will have to do to come away with the victory. Cormier's striking has grown immensely in his short time fighting, and I think that coupled with his speed advantage will be Josh's undoing. Daniel Cormier by TKO 3.
Bryan Fontez: Finally!! We get to wrap this up and see who the winner of this tournament is! Based on experience alone, I'd normally pick someone like Barnett to win against most Heavyweights via Submission or Unanimous Decision, but due to the sheer athleticism, speed, power and elite/olympic-level wrestling of his opponent, I'm actually going to give this one to Cormier. I think his wrestling skills and lower center of gravity will negate any possibility of Josh taking him down, and although Josh Barnett is no slouch on the feet, I truly believe Cormier has the superior hand speed and power to either lay him out clean, or rock'em and finish him off on the ground via strikes. This finishes quick, this finishes early... Daniel Cormier via TKO Round 2
Daniel Cassidy: Despite his age and holding a flawless pro record, AKA product Daniel Cormier is still a relative new comer. With Barnett playing perfectly as the veteran, here he holds his biggest advantage, along with his submission skills. While Cormier has heavy hands, Barnett won't want to stand too long, and using his catch wrestling, should be able to get it to the matt. I see Barnett winning via R1 submission.