One of the most talented heavyweights on the planet finished out his Showtime contract last night (Jan. 12, 2013) as Daniel Cormier took on Dion Staring in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
By the time this fight was over, those 20-1 odds seemed like they weren't enough.
Early on, Staring tried to find his range with an open hand in Cormier's face while sitting down with his right, prepared to blast "DC" with an uppercut should he recklessly shoot in for a takedown.
That didn't happen, however, as Cormier was content to wade in and strike with him. Inexplicably, Staring initiated a clinch against the Olympic wrestler and was thrown to the canvas via a beautiful lateral drop.
To his credit, Staring actually got up from the esteemed grappler, but that may have not been the best idea as he was rocked with some heavy shots on the feet as the American Kickboxing Academy standout swarmed him with heavy leather before again taking him down and working some punches and elbows on the canvas.
Staring survived until the end of the round, but in round two, it was more of the same as he again initiated a clinch only to be thrown to the ground where this time, Cormier didn't let up, advancing to full mount and back mount and raining down unanswered blows until the referee finally put a stop to it.
For Dion Staring, he deserves credit for taking the fight when no one else would and from the looks of it, he actually came in with a gameplan of trying to counter Cormier's speed with uppercuts and proper distance, but that all went out the window when he started getting beat up. He had a pretty good move to get back to his feet after being taken down as well, turtling on all fours and then exploding his legs upwards before letting the rest of his upper body follow suit. That being said, there was no point in this fight where he was winning and it was a pretty big mismatch.
For Daniel Cormier, he came into this fight looking to showcase off a sleaker, meaner self and he accomplished that goal. He had an opportunity to demonstrate some of the things he's been working on at AKA like head kicks and he came out of this fight unscathed, which was the most important aspect of winning. If he had hurt his hand, that would have been a huge setback for some fun future fights. Cormier dominated every aspect of the bout whether the fight was standing, in the clinch or on the ground and he took care of business against a pretty scrappy opponent. He did exactly what he needed to do.
There's no point speculating who he'll fight next. Cormier has already stated he wanted to fight Frank Mir in the UFC and he made that very clear in his post-fight speech, calling out the former UFC Heavyweight Champion (and then Jon Jones as well). The Mir fight was suppose to happen this past November but an injury got in the way. Hopefully now we'll finally get to see it.
So what did you think, Maniacs?
Were you surprised Staring lasted until the end of the second round? What do you make of the potential fight against Frank Mir in April? Does Cormier have what it takes to be a future champion?