Top-five world heavyweight Daniel Cormier took the stage at the final Strikeforce event when he took on Dutchman Dion Staring. Many were not willing to step up and fight Cormier at this event, especially on short notice, but Staring showed his courage.
Staring toughed out the fight with Cormier, but in the end, Cormier was too much for "The Soldier," winning via TKO.
Here is what we learned from this fight.
What We'll Remember About This Fight:
It's a tie between Staring's heart and Cormier's call out of Frank Mir and Jon Jones.
Everybody assumed that Cormier was going to dominate this fight, and he did. Staring showed that he is a tough dude and took a fight nobody wanted, while Cormier imposed his will and goes into the UFC with his unblemished record.
After the fight, Cormier called out Frank Mir for the Fox card in April, as well as Jon Jones in the fall.
What We Learned About Dion Staring:
He doesn't give up. It took a referee to step in and stop the fight, as Staring would not surrender. He has competed at light heavyweight in the past and had a lot of belly fat in this fight.
Therefore, Staring should try and make a run at light heavyweight. He is obviously a solid striker and could be an interesting guy to have in the UFC.
That is, if he gets an offer to come over.
What We Learned About Daniel Cormier:
We learned nothing about Cormier we didn't know. He is a dominant wrestler whose striking is getting better.
What's Next for Staring:
I am assuming Staring will be let go after this fight, even though he should get at least one fight in the UFC as a light heavyweight.
If the UFC does surprisingly bring Staring over, he should fight Kyle Kingsbury (a teammate of Cormier) at 205.
What's Next for Cormier:
He asked for it, and he should get it. Give him former UFC champ Frank Mir.