Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Cormier-Mir Set For Nov. 3; On Same Day, Miguel Torres Headed to World Series
By Joshua Molina
Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier has a date with former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir on Nov. 4 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Although the two knew they were fighting each other, the date was just announced over the long weekend.
Cormier is 10-0 in his MMA career and is regarded as one of the sport’s brightest stars. He is a former Olympic wrestler who in recent fights has displayed knockout power in his hands. His biggest wins have come over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and former UFC champion Josh Barnett.
Cormier is expected to move to the UFC, which also owns Strikeforce, after his fight with Mir, win or lose.
Mir needs a victory to stay in the conversation of top heavyweights in MMA. The man who made Brock Lesnar tap out by ankle lock was destroyed in his light fight against UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.
Mir was a last-minute replacement for Alistair Overeem, who failed a pre-fight drug test.
Mir, 16-6, has a history of pulling off big wins when no one expects him to. He is the only man to submit Lesnar. He also knocked out and submitted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He broke Nogueira’s arm.
When he steps into the Strikeforce cage he will make history as the first fighter to fight simultaneously for the UFC and Strikeforce. Like Cormier, Mir is expected to return to the Octagon after the fight.
Twice-fired Miguel Torres has pulled out of his fight for Titan Fighting Championships on Nov. 4 to fight for upstart promotion World Series of Fighting on Nov. 3.
World Series of Fighting is expected to broadcast its show live on the NBC sports network and kickboxing legend Ray Sefo is expected to serve as president of the new promotion. Not much else is known about World Series of Fighting, but the company will hold a press conference on Thursday in Las Vegas to reveal more details.
Torres was the WEC Bantamweight champion, but hasn’t been able to repeat his success in the UFC. He was fired by UFC boss Dana White for making a ridiculous and offensive rape joke in a Sports Illustrated interview.
White let Torres come back, but then dropped him after his recent knockout loss to Michael McDonald at UFC 145.
The MMA and pro wrestling world is morning the sudden loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, the star of “The Green Mile.” Clarke also famously hung around MMA athletes and pro wrestlers, frequently appearing at Las Vegas UFC shows and WWE shows at the Staples Center.
Speaking of pro wrestling, Dave Meltzer, pro wrestling’s pioneer of news, has started writing a column for mmafighting.com. Meltzer created his own genre of pro wrestling journalism and covered the sport as journalist, not a fanboy, for long before it was ever popular.
The former Oakland Tribune reporter in the 1980s broke the stories regarding sex and steroid scandals in the WWE. Meltzer previously wrote a column for Yahoo! and he recently came under attack from Dana White who on camera blasted Meltzer for one of his reports on the declining TV ratings of the UFC.
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