May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier celebrates with the championship belt after defeating Josh Barnett (not pictured) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
"I respect Frank. I know that it’s an uphill battle for me going into this fight and it’s going to be tough. But you know what? This is why I fight. I fight high level competition and Frank is exactly what I need at this point in my career. I would like it to be for the Strikeforce Championship because I’d like to actually put that belt on my mantle too, if I’m lucky enough to beat Frank and retire as the last Strikeforce Champion. I think it should be for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title. If they find it within themselves to make it for the belt, I’d be very pleased. I want to throw my name into the hat, if I’m able to get past Frank Mir... I’ve been chuggin' along and if I get through this fight, that’s three top ten guys in a row. I should be in line for a [UFC] belt."
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier (via MMA Fight Corner), who has one fight left on his contract before he's able to join the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), wants to earn a belt for his mantle if he's able to dispose of Frank Mir later this year. He also hopes that accomplishing said feat would put him in line for yet another belt -- the UFC 265-pound strap, which could be held by either Junior dos Santos (reigning) or Cain Velasquez (former), who rematch on Dec. 29 for all the marbles. And if the latter should previal, "DC" still intends on grabbing the gold, just not as a heavyweight. Find out why right here.