MENU
#UFC Fight Night 83 #Conor McGregor #Luke Rockhold #Nate Diaz #David Branch #Saturday Night Fights #Jon Jones #Michael Bisping #UFC 215 #GGG



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.

Galleries

Daniel Cormier Fights

  • a year ago
  • 4535 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Twitter Mailbag: On Jon Jones' legacy, Daniel Cormier's new/old title and Conor McGregor's UFC leverage

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

In the latest Twitter Mailbag, we look at Jon Jones’ latest drug test failure, Daniel Cormier and leverage for Conor McGregor with the UFC.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Video: Before UFC 215 title defense, watch Amanda Nunes' wild 1-rounder with Sheila Gaff

  • 16 days ago
  • 7 views

After an uneven run with Strikeforce and Invicta FC, Amanda Nunes arrived in the UFC in 2013 with a wild promotional debut against Sheila Gaff.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 215's Ketlen Vieira confident but level-headed ahead of 'golden opportunity' vs. Sara McMann

  • 13 days ago
  • 6 views

Ahead of her the toughest opponent of her undefeated career, Ketlen Vieira is all respect for onetime title challenger Sara McMann.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Amanda Nunes Headed for Surgery, Will Not Return Until 2018 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will sit out the rest of the year following her split decision win over Valentina Shevchenko on Saturday. While Nunes has earned the right to celebrate read news >>

Before UFC-Pittsburgh headliner, watch Luke Rockhold's 2015 bout with Lyoto Machida

  • 10 days ago
  • 11 views

Back in 2015, former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold picked up his third “Performance of the Night” bonus in four fights when he took on Lyoto Machida. Check out the full fight.Filed under: News, read news >>

Daniel Cormier Reinstated as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 64 views

Daniel Cormier is once again the UFC light heavyweight champion. The UFC has officially stripped Jon Jones of the title after his fight against Cormier was overturned to a no contest by the Californi read news >>

Jon Jones stripped, Daniel Cormier reinstated as champion after UFC 214 result overturned

  • 8 days ago
  • 15 views

Daniel Cormier calls the UFC’s decision to strip Jon Jones and award the title back to him “the right thing to do.”Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Daniel Cormier Reinstated as UFC Light Heavyweight Champion

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC spokesperson Lenee Breckenridge confirmed to Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting on Wednesday that Daniel Cormier has been reinstated as the UFC light heavyweight champion. Jon Jones defeated Cormier a read news >>

David Branch: 'I Will Not Be Denied' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 12 views

Headed into Saturday UFC Fight Night 116 main event with Luke Rockhold, former WSOF dual-division champion David Branch is cool and calculated. read news >>

Luke Rockhold Plans Move to Light Heavyweight After Daniel Cormier Retires | MMAWeekly.com

  • 5 days ago
  • 11 views

Luke Rockhold has some unfinished business in the UFC middleweight division, but it doesn't sound like the former champion plans on staying at 185 pounds that much longer. On Saturday night, Rockhold read news >>