Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier talked to MMAWeekly.com after news broke that he will face former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir on September 29th at Strikefoce: Melendez Vs. Healy.
Here_s what Cormier had to say about the chance to fight Mir:
â€œYouâ€™ve got to tip your hat off to the executives at Zuffa for doing something like that and to Frank Mir for doing it. I respect Frank greatly for stepping in and taking this fight. This fight can elevate my status in the sport a ton,â€ said Cormier.
â€œThe reality is Frank Mir is a guy people from the UFC know, heâ€™s been a champion, heâ€™s always around the top of the sport. Frank Mir is going to introduce me to the UFC fans a little bit more than I would fighting a different guy,â€
â€œThereâ€™s no motivation like fighting a champion. I respect Frank, the fightâ€™s very similar to Josh Barnett. I think Josh Barnett is better,â€ Cormier revealed.
â€œNo disrespect to Frank, but I think Josh is better and Iâ€™m going to train as if Iâ€™m fighting Josh Barnett again, and letâ€™s see how this fight plays out.â€
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