Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir were set to meet in Strikeforce’s final heavyweight bout, but the latter was forced to pull out due to a knee injury. Cormier is now left without a date for the Nov. 3 fight card, but that probably won’t last very long.
During a conversation with MMAInterviews, BJJ standout Fabricio Werdum indicated that he would be willing to step up and face Cormier, if he’s offered the opportunity.
“I’ll talk to my coach Rafael Cordeiro first, maybe, I don’t know.” Werdum said. “Maybe they [Zuffa brass] tries to call me and Rafael says it’s okay, I’ll fight for sure.”
In terms of giving Daniel Cormier a serious test, Werdum is certainly one of the best candidates right now.
The Brazilian has been impressive inside the cage for the past several years, bringing Fedor Emelianenko’s dominant reign to an end and giving Alistair Overeem his toughest test in quite a while.
Werdum showcased his evolution as an MMA fighter in his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championships, outclassing Roy Nelson in the striking/clinch department at UFC 143. His takedown defense looked solid in his last outing against Mike Russow (who is a decent wrestler), and it’s safe to Werdum is a lot more than just a BJJ guy at this stage in his career.
Daniel Cormier hasn’t faced the level of competition Werdum has in the past, but he seems to have all the tools needed to compete with the very best. He’s able to control where his fights take place with his wrestling ability, and his punching power has been well-documented in the past, with a majority of his wins coming via knockout. Cormier remains undefeated as an MMA fighter, and his dominant performances Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett prove he’s a legitimate heavyweight.
I certainly like the idea of Cormier vs. Werdum matchup, as they’re clearly two of the best heavyweights in the world right now. Heck, I even like the idea of giving the winner an automatic shot at the title.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.