Daniel Cormier elated in victory
Antonio "Big Foot" Silva emerged victorious with a two-round mauling of the great Fedor Emelianenko during his quarterfinal matchup in February.
Expecting to challenge Alistair Overeem in the semifinals, "The Reem's" removal by UFC President Dana White has forced the former United States Olympian Daniel Cormier into action.
Cormier, an outstanding freestyle wrestler, has developed a very solid stand-up striking skill set to complement his world-class grappling talents.
Treating "The Snowman" Jeff Monson as a pinata in June, Cormier battered Monson with a variety of strikes, earning a shot at Silva with his eighth successive victory inside the cage, to remain undefeated as a professional.
Silva possesses a dynamic skill set as a fighter. Large in stature, Big Foot has earned 11 TKO victories inside the cage.
Additionally, Silva has a black belt in both jiu-jitsu and judo and is very adept at damaging his opposition with grizzly bear-like mauling, as he did to Emelianenko.
Most likely the favorite remaining in the tournament, Silva will have his hands full with the diverse Cormier.
Cormier's wrestling pedigree will definitely come into play, considering that Silva enjoys taking his opposition to the mat and delivering punishing strikes.
If the Olympian can keep this fight standing, his athleticism, movement and evolution as a mixed martial artist will cause fits for Big Foot.
In the end, I predict an upset and believe that Daniel Cormier will come out victorious against Antonio Silva, earning the Olympian a championship opportunity in the final round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.
Winner: Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision