If you checked out the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament last Saturday, you witness a rising star in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Daniel Cormier demolished Antonio "Big Foot" Silva in the first round. But who is Daniel Cormier? Was this MMA win just a fluke or is Daniel Cormier for real?
Daniel Cormier started his professional MMA career by fighting in the Strikeforce MMA event Challengers 3 back in September of 2009. He won that fight via TKO due to punches in the second round and has done nothing but win since. He's now 9-0 and is looking more and more impressive.
Cormier has a strong wrestling background. He has earned a gold medal in the Pan American Championships in both 2002 and 2003. But he's not just a wrestler in MMA, just like training partner and UFC champion Cain Velasquez, he's added strong boxing skills to the mix. This allows Cormier to dictate the fight. If he wants to use his explosive punching standing, then that's what he does because no one can take him down. If he wants to put someone on their back and ground and pound, then that's what he does due to his strong wrestling background.
Cormier is looking like a Cain Velasquez clone. Unfortunately for Cormier, he broke his hand in the win against "Big Foot" Silva. That will be the only thing stopping him from dominating Strikeforce and then making his mark in the UFC. A title match in the UFC would be unlikely though because of the man that currently holds the title, Cain Velasquez, a training partner.