Strikeforce Grand Prix winner and former Olympian Daniel Cormier is set to face former UFC champion Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7. Cormier took the MMA world by storm after coming in as a replacement in the Strikeforce GP, destroying 'Bigfoot' Silva and beating Josh Barnett to capture the crown.
In a recent interview, Frank Mir was quoted saying "He (Cormier) doesn't have much finishing ability", it would seem these words didn't fall on deaf ears. Cormier, not usually known for pre-fight trash talking, had this to say in response to Mir when speaking to BleacherReport:
"There are select few people in this world that can be in a situation that's supposed to humble you and it just doesn't happen. I think that's happened time and time again with Frank. He's talked about Brock (Lesnar) and he got beat up by Brock, and he still talks bad about Brock. Case one, Frank should have been humbled by the beating Brock put on him, but it didn't work."
It would appear that Mir's words may have gotten under Cormier's skin, whether this is a good thing for Mir or not is yet to be seen. DC continued:
"To the point of me not being a guy that can finish fights, I'm going to tell you right now and this is 100 percent true—Frank Mir says I can't finish fights? Okay that's fine,"Cormier said. "My intention in this fight is not to finish Frank Mir. I'm going beat up on Frank Mir for 15 minutes and I'm going to make him stay in that cage with me."
"If Frank Mir gets finished, it will be because he quit."
I can't help but think that a motivated, aggressive or angry Cormier is going to be a lot harder to deal with for Mir. Although we have seen fighters lose their cool in the past and blow it, but Mir's suspect chin could be a telling factor here.
Whatever the case, these two heavyweight warriors will go to war on April 20th, and I will be watching for sure. Thanks for reading and stay tuned to Lowkick for more pre-fight coverage!