Strikeforce has finally set the date for the conclusion to the organization’s entertaining albeit slightly ill-fated Heavyweight Grand Prix. Announced more than a year ago, the Grand Prix pitted a number of the top heavyweights in the world against each other including Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, and Fabricio Werdum, as well as eventual finalists Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.
According to Strikeforce, Barnett and Cormier will collide on May 19 at still-developing event. No location was revealed in relation to the bout.
Barnett is a longtime veteran of the sport with both experience in the UFC and PRIDE. The 31-5 catch-wrestler earned his spot in the final by taking out Brett Rogers and Sergei Kharitonov. He has won his last eight fights and also holds past wins over Pedro Rizzo, Jeff Monson, and Randy Couture.
Comparably, Cormier lacks Barnett’s in-ring experience though is an accomplished grappler with ever-improving hands. The former Olympian is 9-0 thus far since transitioning to MMA, picking up notable victories over Monson and Antonio Silva.
The fight will mark one of the final heavyweight tilts under the Strikeforce banner with the bulk of the group already having been absorbed by the UFC.
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