Daniel Cormier: Will His Final Strikeforce Fight Be a Rematch with Josh Barnett?
If you watched the Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy fight card on Saturday night, you surely caught the mention that Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier would be fighting on September 29 in what will be his last bout for the promotion.
What you didn’t catch was the name of an opponent, but if you follow Cormier on Twitter, you may have been able to take a guess as to who he expects his opponent to be.
When Cormier and Josh Barnett met to decide the Grand Prix champion, both fighters were aware that the winner would fight once more with Strikeforce before they were most likely moved over to the UFC.
What they didn’t know was that the loser would also stick around with the promotion for another fight. That announcement was made following Cormier’s May 19 victory over Barnett.
It was somewhat of a surprise to hear that both the winner and loser would stick around with the promotion after the Grand Prix had come to an end.
The Strikeforce heavyweight division had been dissolved prior to Cormier and Barnett meeting. When they fought, they were the heavyweight division. There was no one else left on the roster and the likelihood of the UFC sending a fighter over to face either Cormier or Barnett seemed slim.
So, who will these two men face in their final fights? Allow me to speculate, but it appears that they may face each other.
The tweets began on Sunday afternoon when Cormier tweeted the following:
@JoshLBarnett sept. 29?
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma)
Barnett then answered with:
@dc_mma I'm free. What'd you have in mind? Dinner and a movie?
— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett)
Which Cormier followed up with:
@JoshLBarnett Haha, Yes that Would be great. We can have a nice meal downtown sac after we kick some ass. U gonna be ready?
While no official announcements have been made, if these tweets are any indication, we are looking at a rematch between Cormier and Barnett to bring the Strikeforce heavyweight division to its official close on September 29.
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