Josh Barnett vs Daniel Cormier Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final in March

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2011

Daniel Cormier took Alistair Overeem's spot in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and took advantage of it by beating Antonio Silva.

Josh Barnett did the same to his first two opponents (Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov) and now finds himself one win away from redemption.

Cormier and Barnett meet in what is the biggest fight of both of their careers and will be doing so early in 2012.

"We'll take it on a week-by-week basis," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMA Junkie.

Coker also went on to say that they were hoping to stage the event "late first quarter." When asked about March, Coker said, "That's the month that we're shooting for."

Cormier and Barnett will meet for a five-round war for the vacant Strikeforce heavyweight belt.

The end of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix is now super close after beginning in February of this year. Names like Fedor Emelianenko, Andrei Arlovski and Fabricio Werdum have all fallen.

Now the finals will pit one of the early dark-horse candidates and a guy who at this time last year was facing relative nobodies.

On Inside MMA, Cormier said he wasn't wasting any time in preparing for a veteran like Barnett.

"For a guy like Josh Barnett, for me not to be working hard for him at this point, trying to do a basic seven to 10 week camp is disrespectful to him, and it doesn't give me the best opportunity to win the fight," Cormier said.

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