Debut in the UFC with a win
Cormier vs. Frank Mir is set for UFC on Fox 7, and the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champ will enter the bout with some grand expectations. While he's capable of living up to them, many stars have floundered in their Octagon debut (see: Lombard, Hector), and Cormier is far from infallible.
If Cormier defeats Mir, the hype surrounding him will reach a new pinnacle. And that might be enough to get him a date with either Junior dos Santos or Jon Jones.
A loss, on the other hand, pretty much kills the hype. It also puts a low ceiling on just how much damage Cormier can do in the UFC in 2013.
Don't pass up chances to finish
At Strikeforce's final event, Cormier dominated Dion Staring. But truth be told, he should have—and probably could have—finished the bout earlier than he did.
At times, it looked like Cormier was toying with his outmatched opponent. Though it's doubtful he'd retain such a mentality versus more highly regarded foes, playing games in the cage is never safe.
Cormier needs to show some killer instinct in 2013 because most UFC opponents are much less forgiving than Dion Staring.
Drop to light heavyweight if Cain Velasquez solidifies himself as heavyweight champion
Cormier and Velasquez won't fight each other. That leaves Cormier to rot in the shadows as a gatekeeper for his pal.
If he wants some of that UFC gold and glory, his only option is to drop to 205 and take a crack at Jon Jones. Cormier has stated his intention to make this move, but he still has to defeat Mir and then lose his extra weight.
Alternatively, if Velasquez relinquishes his title before year's end, Cormier could take a shot at becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.