Daniel Cormier clobbered Dion Staring into submission this past Saturday night at the Strikeforce finale in Oklahoma. The MicroTech-sponsored Heavyweight Champion, like many other Strikeforce fighters, is determined to continue his professional fighting career by contracting a spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster.
Cormier took Staring down multiple times throughout the fight; once laying him out so hard that Staring’s mouth piece soared across the Octagon. Staring was on the floor in the fetal position as Cormier continually pummeled him with hammer fists. Cormier was calculated and his skills overtook his challenger. Strikeforce referee John McCarthy called the fight as a TKO at 4:02 of Round 2.
After he dominated the fight, Cormier called out not one but two fighters: Frank Mir and Jon Jones. Cormier was originally set to fight Mir last November before Mir suffered an injury and had to cancel. To contest UFC light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, Cormier would have to drop from 238 to 205 lbs.
The last Strikeforce event may have served as an audition into the UFC for many fighters. USA Today Sports writer Matt Erickson wrote that after Cormier’s win against Staring, the champ along with other fighters like Gregard Mousasi and Ronalda Souza, are “near shoo-ins” for the UFC list.