We know Daniel Cormier, unfortunately, has to stick around the now two-man Strikeforce heavyweight division for at least one more fight. In an ideal world, Cormier would be on his way to the UFC after his re-broken hand heals up.
So yeah, it's unfortunate that we won't be seeing Cormier make his UFC debut in his next fight. But it's not the end of the world. There are zero heavyweights left in Strikeforce besides Cormier and Josh Barnett, and we don't really need to see that fight again. The idea of bringing in an outside name like Tim Sylvia has a little appeal, but only because seeing the out-of-shape Sylvia being battered around the cage by Cormier would be intriguing.
Cormier sticking around Strikeforce for one more fight isn't all that bad because there are plenty of UFC heavyweights who could move over for one big fight against the grand prix winner. As I've said before, I wouldn't mind seeing him fight someone like Travis Browne, but Cormier has a much better idea, as he told Ariel Helwani on yesterday's edition of The MMA Hour:
I think if there is a plus one and Zuffa's going to send someone over it is going to have to be someone that is very good you know? Maybe Shane Carwin, as he's coming back. He's a guy with a lot of name value and I don't necessarily know if that's a step up (from Josh Barnett) but that is somebody with name value.
Oh my. That's quite the idea right there. Carwin's been gone from the cage for nearly a year at this point, and we don't know exactly what kind of condition he'll be in when he gets back. But this is an intriguing idea, with the perfect mix of challenge and name value for Cormier's next opponent.
I like it. No, I love it. Book it, Joe.