All is well on the homefront when it comes to Daniel Cormier and his hand problems, which have kept him out of action since his giant upset of Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in September.
According to the man himself, his right hand is good and has been holding up just fine during training camp in preparation for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament final bout against former UFC champion Josh Barnett next month.
Stephie Daniels: How is your hand, and would you say it's fully healed?
Daniel Cormier: It's finally good. I've gotten the green light from my doctor. I've been punching hard, and found some comfort in that, because when I punched Luke (Rockhold) in December, and re-broke my hand, I had barely touched him. As hard as I've been hitting guys in the gym now, and for my hand to not move, and to stay together, and be strong, I'm very confident going in to this fight.
Fortunately, it's healed, and now I'm really cracking with it. It feels good to be throwing it, I'll tell ya that. I've got some work to do, though. Seven months of sparring with a left hand, and not really using it, actually builds some pretty bad habits. I've got time though. I'll be ready.
Despite continual speculation that Strikeforce will make like other Zuffa-owned organizations and fold into the UFC in the very near future, longtime promotional figurehead Scott Coker still has hope for his creation.
Reports were published earlier this week that the organization was set to renew its contract with Showtime, albeit under some different terms. According to Coker, negotiations are ongoing, but nothing has been signed yet.
"There’s nothing to announce but I’m optimistic at this point," Coker said on a Tuesday conference call to promote Strikeforce's next event on December 17. "We’ll have to wait and see. I think that things are going well and I think that we’ll have something shortly.
Just hours after Alistair Overeem revealed that he was not prepared to accept a Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on September 10, the organization's heavyweight champion has been removed from the tournament altogether.
Multiple websites, including MMA Weekly and Tatame are reporting that Overeem has been removed from the tournament and replaced by undefeated AKA product Daniel Cormier, who will face Silva in place of Overeem.
Overeem appeared on "The MMA Hour" earlier today and told Ariel Helwani that he was not prepared to accept the proposed matchup because he felt there would not be enough time to adequately following his victory over Fabricio Werdum last month.
Daniel Cormier. Photo courtesy of USA Wrestling.
Multiple-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier will reportedly face fellow MMA newcomer Gary Frazier on the main card of the latest “Strikeforce Challengers” event, which is scheduled for the SpiritBank Events Center in Bixby, Oklahoma on September 25.
The news comes from MMA FanHouse. Strikeforce is expected to make an official announcement concerning the matchup shortly. A middleweight bout pitting Tim Kennedy against Zak Cummings will headline the Showtime-televised card.