Cormier’s upcoming Strikeforce clash with UFC heavyweight
Mir is expected to take
place Nov. 3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Mir was announced as Cormier’s opponent in July, but a date and
location for the fight was not known until Monday, when USA Today
first reported the news. No other bouts have been revealed for the
event, which marks Strikeforce’s final heavyweight effort before
the division is folded into the UFC. Showtime will broadcast the
evening’s main card, while Showtime Extreme will handle the
preliminary card just prior.
“Oklahoma, Texas, stand up. [I’m going to] need all my Cowboys and
Sooners to pack the house on Nov. 3 when I fight Frank Mir,”
Cormier wrote Monday on his Facebook page. “Let’s give him a good
[old] Oklahoma welcome... then send him back to Vegas.”
A former NCAA Division I wrestling standout at Oklahoma State
University, Cormier has yet to taste defeat as a mixed martial
artist, going a perfect 7-0 inside the Strikeforce cage. The former
two-time Olympian was called upon as an alternate in the
Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix last year and proceeded to win
the tournament, besting Antonio
Silva this past September and then Josh Barnett
in May to claim the tournament crown.
Mir previously reigned as UFC champion before suffering serious
injuries in a motorcycle accident in 2004. The heavyweight returned
to the Octagon in 2006 and went on to claim the promotion’s interim
championship by knocking out Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira in 2008. Recently, Mir saw a three-fight
winning streak snapped by reigning titlist Junior dos
Santos, who finished Mir via technical knockout in the second
round of their UFC 146 clash in May.