Daniel Cormier Announces Fight with Frank Mir; Challenges Jon Jones in Fall

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIJanuary 12, 2013

Jan 12, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Daniel Comier (black shorts) and Dion Staring (white shorts) in their Strikeforce MMA Heavyweight bout at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Some fighters are hesitant to call out an opponent in their post-fight interview. Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier took it upon himself to call out two.

Immediately after pummeling Dion Staring at the final Strikeforce event, the AKA fighter addressed a long-rumored fight with Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7.

"Right now, I'm telling you. April 20 on Fox, I signed my UFC contract. Frank Mir, you and me. Let's do it."

However, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner wasn't done there.

Former UFC champion Pat Miletich entered the cage and asked Cormier about a potential drop to light heavyweight.

"I'm gonna let Jon defend his belt April 27 and I'm gonna kick his ass in the fall!" 

This call-out is quite presumptuous. By calling out Jones for his second UFC appearance, Cormier is discounting Frank Mir as an opponent.

While few would suggest that Mir would be the betting favorite in that matchup, the fact remains that he is a two-time UFC champion who holds wins over some of the best heavyweights in history.

Additionally, this presumes that the winner of February's UFC 157 matchup between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson does not receive the next shot at the UFC light heavyweight championship. 

In terms of his potential new home at 205 pounds, Cormier has talked to ESPN about cutting down for much of the last year. After all, Cormier wants to be a world champion, and with teammate Cain Velasquez holding the UFC heavyweight championship, a new weight class is the only option.

Is the undefeated Cormier biting off more than he can chew by challenging Jon Jones? After all, Jones also has an impressive wrestling pedigree and possesses a 13.5-inch reach advantage in that matchup.

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report MMA for more on this story as it breaks.

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