Undefeated (10-0) Daniel Cormier will finally get his chance to showcase his skills inside the Octagon, as the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament winner will take his talents to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2013.
First things first, however, as "DC" still has business to tend to for the San Jose-based promotion, as he is set to take on Dion Staring on Jan. 12, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, which will serve as the final event for the second best mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world.
Should the former Olympic wrestler prove victorious against the relatively unknown Staring, he looks to make his UFC debut sooner rather than later and already has a couple opponents in mind. First up on his agenda is Frank Mir, whom he was supposed to tango with earlier this year, before Frank decided to put the wrong shoes on for a training session, which lead to an injury that forced him out of the fight.
According to Cormier, he and Mir have some 'unfinished business,' as he recently declared on "The MMA Hour:"
"That's the fight I want. Listen, Frank Mir and I have some unfinished business. I had put in a full camp training camp for Frank, and to not get to fight him at the end of it was disappointing. So hopefully I get through this fight with Dion, hopefully the hand holds up this time and I don't break it or anything, and then I can win the fight and move on to Frank. I would like to fight Dion in January. I know the Montreal card is filling up pretty nicely, but I'd like Frank and I to be on the one after that."
Should Cain Velasquez, Cormier's training partner at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), prove victorious against Junior dos Santos at UFC 155, "DC" says he is more than likely going to do something he's isn't fond of.
Why? Well, both he and Cain have stated in the past they won't fight each other, so should Velasquez be the heavyweight champ after Dec. 29, 2012, Cormier will more than likely make the drop down to the light heavyweight division in order to claim the title currently held by Jon Jones.
But don't think for a second Daniel is overlooking Staring, saying he is training for him as if he was preparing for "Bones" or "Cigano:"
"If I was ever offered that (Jon Jones) fight, there would be no hesitation on signing the contract. I'd do it. I think it's a good matchup and I really do think he's the best. I think he's the best. ... As I prepare for my fight with Dion, I'm preparing for Junior dos Santos, I'm preparing for Jon Jones, I'm always preparing for the best guy."
Too bad Jones doesn't think the former Olympian is up to his level, yet. Do either of these fights interest you as "DC's" first challenge inside the Octagon?
If not, then who?