Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir is set to become the first UFC fighter to temporarily exit the Octagon for a bout with sister promotion Strikeforce.

Mir will face unbeaten wrestler Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of an as-yet-unannounced October Strikeforce card, UFC President Dana White told USA Today on Wednesday.

Mir-Cormier represents the first convergence of the UFC and Strikeforce rosters. UFC parent company Zuffa, LLC, acquired Strikeforce in 2011 and has maintained the organizations as separate entities, despite calls from fans and pundits to bring fighters such as Melendez and Cormier to the Octagon. According to the USA Today report, both Mir and Cormier compete in the UFC after the bout, with Strikeforce having dissolved its heavyweight division.

Mir will look to rebound from a May thumping at the hands of current UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. The 33-year-old submission specialist had won four of five since dropping his title to Brock Lesnar in July 2009.

Also 33, Cormier has racked up 10 wins and seven finishes in less than three years as a professional mixed martial artist. The two-time U.S. Olympian finished his run through the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix in May with an impressive win over another onetime UFC champ, Josh Barnett.

This item was updated July 26 at 11:09 a.m. PT after Strikeforce announced the bout will take place in October, not September, as originally reported.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Daniel Cormier sends message to Jon Jones: 'Get it together, man'

  • 24 days ago
  • 62 views

One man’s misfortune can be another’s opportunity, and Daniel Cormier has been granted the opportunity to compete for a UFC title for a second consecutive fight at UFC 187.Filed under: Featured, News read news >>

Daniel Cormier Pulled for Title Shot, UFC New Orleans Headliner Unresolved

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

With Daniel Cormier now fighting for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 187, the New Orleans event has a gaping hole at the top of the fight card. read news >>

Jon Jones Suspended, Stripped of Title, Replaced by Daniel Cormier at UFC 187

  • 24 days ago
  • 24 views

The UFC stripped light heavyweight champion Jon Jones of his title and issued him an indefinite suspension Tuesday. Those actions came as a result of the fighter's arrest on a "felony charge of leavi read news >>

Anthony Johnson vs Daniel Cormier UFC 187 fight announced for vacant light heavyweight title with Jon Jones stripped

  • 24 days ago
  • 35 views

What a wild turn of events ... As a result of the shocking announcement on FOX Sports Live tonight that Jon Jones was stripped of his Light Heavyweight title and suspended indefinitely, a new UFC 187 read news >>

Daniel Cormier comments on UFC stripping Jones of title: ‘This is a sad day for our sport’

  • 24 days ago
  • 14 views

Newly announced UFC 187 main eventer Daniel Cormier commented on the UFC’s decision to strip Jon Jones of his title. On Tuesday night, the UFC announced that they would strip Jon Jones of his light-h read news >>

Jon Jones stripped of title, Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson for belt headlines UFC 187

  • 24 days ago
  • 27 views

The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is no longer a UFC champion. The UFC stripped Jon Jones of his light heavyweight title Tuesday night in the wake of his arrest on felony hit-and-run char read news >>

Daniel Cormier reacts to Jon Jones getting stripped of title and replacing him at UFC 187

  • 24 days ago
  • 1805 views

As announced on Tuesday night on "FOX Sports Live," Daniel Cormier will now fight Anthony Johnson for the undisputed UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas. Jon Jones was strip read news >>

Jon Jones suspended, stripped of title; Daniel Cormier fights Anthony Johnson at UFC 187

  • 24 days ago
  • 42 views

In a bombshell announcement on Fox Sports Live, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Jon Jones has been stripped of his belt, which will now be contested between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson read news >>

Jon Jones to appear in court today, lawyer provides first comments on felony hit-and-run charge

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

Jon Jones will be headed to court this afternoon. The UFC light heavyweight champion is due to appear before Judge Rosemary Dominguez at 1 p.m. local time at the Albuquerque Metro Court in New Mexico read news >>