Bout agreements are now in place for the heavyweight clash between Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
The fight takes place Saturday, November 3 from at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and also features Luke Rockhold defending the middleweight title against the tough Lorenz Larkin.
Cormier is undefeated in MMA and is a former Oklahoma State wrestler, his college career preceding his Olympic team call-ups.
â€śAs a former Oklahoma State wrestler and two-time Olympian, Cormier has used his wrestling background to immediately put himself among the sportâ€™s elite,â€ť said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
â€śOn November 3 he faces his toughest opponent to date in former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir, who has beaten legend after legend on his own path to the title. Weâ€™ve had a lot of big heavyweight bouts in the history of Strikeforce, but I can tell you, without a doubt, that this is the one that you donâ€™t want to miss.â€ť
The co-main eventÂ will feature current Strikeforce middleweight champ and training partner of Cormier, Luke Rockhold, who makes his third consecutive title defense against undefeated rising Kung Fu prospect Lorenz Larkin.
â€śRockhold is rapidly approaching his first full year of being middleweight champ and heâ€™s definitely opened a lot of eyes in that time,â€ť said Coker.
â€śHeâ€™s beaten three top contenders, successfully defended the belt twice and looked extremely impressive in doing so. This bout could easily be the toughest matchup heâ€™s seen yet due to Larkinâ€™s equally impressive standup.â€ť
The event will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional fights scheduled for the event are expected to be released shortly.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
From the press release:
In addition to being the current STRIKEFORCE Grand Prix heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier (fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) is also a former Oklahoma State University NCAA wrestler and two-time U.S. Olympic wrestler who now trains alongside the likes of former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, Jon Fitch and Mike Swick.
On November 3, he takes on his second former UFC titleholder, having most recently defeated Josh Barnett in the finals of the heavyweight tournament last May. Additionally, the undefeated 10-0 AKA-trained fighter owns decisive victories over Antonio â€śBigfootâ€ť Silva, Jeff Monson and Devin Cole. Vowing to prove he is truly one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world, â€śDCâ€ť will look to add Mir to that list.
Frank Mir (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) is set to make his STRIKEFORCE debut after fighting his last 20 bouts in the UFCâ€™s Octagon. Being a former UFC heavyweight champ, as well as a former interim UFC heavyweight champ, Mir knows what itâ€™s like to be at the top of the heap and the level of talent that you have to face every time you step into the cage.
With wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brock Lesnar, Roy Nelson, Mirko Cro Cop and Tim Sylvia, the 16-6 Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has gone toe-to-toe with best and has proven he is among the divisionâ€™s elite. Fans can expect fireworks when these titans meet on Nov. 3.
Also training out of the famed American Kickboxing Academy, Luke Rockhold (fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) steps back into the STRIKEFORCE cage for the tenth consecutive time, including his third straight title defense. At 10-1, the Santa Cruz-native and former surfer has let the MMA world know that heâ€™s serious about not letting anyone take the title that he feels belongs to him. Having earned recent wins over Tim Kennedy, Keith Jardine and â€śJacareâ€ť Souza, Rockholdâ€™s next opponent is in for a long night if heâ€™s willing to stand and trade with the renowned striker.
Finding continued success after a recent drop to middleweight, Lorenz Larkin (fighting out of Riverside, Calif.) recently defeated UFC and STRIKEFORCE veteran Robbie Lawler to earn his shot at the title. At 13-0, 1 NC, â€śThe Monsoonâ€ť remains undefeated having survived tough bouts with Gian Villante and Nick Rossborough. A practitioner of Kung Fu, Larkin is known for his intense striking, having finished eight of his opponents via KO, and may be the perfect test for the current belt holder.