Strikeforce Results: Daniel Cormier dominates Josh BarnettPosted on May 19, 2012, 11:54 PM by Anton Gurevich
In what was his 10th professional Mixed Martial Arts bout, Daniel Cormier defeated the legendary Josh Barnett via Unanimous Decision, to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP Final in San Jose, California. Cormier outclassed Barnett in every aspect of Mixed Martial Arts, and was able to stay in control during all five rounds.
Fresh off KO victory over Antonio Silva, DC continued to display exceptional striking skills, picking Josh Barnett with well-timed strikes that turned "The Warmester" into "The Hamburger" towards the end of Round 5. The only thing working for Barnett was his knee strikes, Josh Barnett managed to hurt Cormier on several occasions with knees, but the American Kickboxing Academy product stayed focused, and continued to execute his gameplan.
Stylistically, Josh Barnett's best shot in this fight was on the ground, however, Cormier managed to shake-off any submission attempt. More than anything, Cormier took down, and even slammed Josh Barnett several times during the fight. DC's short elbows from the top cut Josh Barnett, which gave a significant advantage to Cormier throughout the fight.
It was a perfect performance by Daniel Cormier, who proved he's currently one of the best Heavyweights competing in Mixed Martial Arts. During his post-fight interview, Josh Barnett revealed he broke his hand in Round 1, but it's hard to imagine the former PRIDE star doing anything different in this bout.
Cormier is a championship material, and personally, I won't be surprised if he gets a shot at the winner of next weekend's UFC 146 main event bout between Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir. I think he deserves it.