UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier has been labeled as the division’s next great fighter, compiling an 11-0 mark including wins over Top 10 opponents like Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett. The heavy-handed, hard-working grappler will attempt to add another big name to his resume in a less than two weeks when he takes on Frank Mir in co-headlining action at UFC on FOX 7.
However, Mir doesn’t plan to be a stepping stone for Cormier and feels he’ll actually be able to use his opponent’s career momentum against him. According to an interview with MMAFighting, the former UFC champion thinks Cormier may be a bit overconfident coming into the clash and that will spell disaster, especially in regards to one of the Olympian’s limbs.
“I think he’s smart, or at least has smart people around him. (He has) nothing to lose. He goes out and fights somebody else that’s lower ranked, and he comes out and loses, he loses a lot of stock. He goes out against me, changes levels, takes a shot. I guillotine him and choke him out in, let’s say, 40 seconds. Does it really take anything away from his stock? No. He can still stand up and go, ”˜Well guys, I got submitted by Mir, (joined) the laundry list of people that have been submitted by him. I’m going to go to light heavyweight.’ And he still has all the same momentum he had when he first started. All his fans will be able to just remark on the fact that, ”˜Well, you know, Mir caught him. He stepped in right off the bat. That’s Mir, you know? Mir catches a lot of people.’ So he can actually lose and not lose anything.”
“Whereas, let’s say he fights Todd Duffee, who’s very capable of knocking his teeth down his throat, but Todd Duffee doesn’t have the same notoriety that I do. He’s 2-1 in the UFC, so it’s more of a dangerous fight.”
“I think he has kind of a false sense of security [after] fighting against Josh [Barnett]. You know, he feels like, ”˜Well, Josh caught me and couldn’t finish me.’ Barnett’s a great grappler, but he’s not known for smashing people’s limbs off. If I catch something, and it’s close, I put people in the hospital. How many bones has Barnett broken? How many people has he put in the hospital?”
“Take him out of his element. If he’s able to control the pace with his wrestling, and smother, control, it’ll be a drawn out fight. If it’s a fight with lots of exchanges and lots of chaos, I think that isn’t where he’ll do well. Anybody at heavyweight can hope for a knockout. But I hunt them down and see them. And as far as submissions go, if he makes a mistake, then I’ll take one of his limbs home.”
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