Daniel Cormier just shocked the world – or at least the world of PRIDE fanboys – by blanking Josh Barnett on two out of three judges’ cards. A third judge gave Josh one round, possibly out of pity. It’s hard to believe this is the same Daniel Cormier that stunk it up against Jeff Monson less than a year ago. Even harder when you learn that he broke his hand again in the first round.
The Cormier we saw last night proved that the Cormier who blitzed through Antonio Silva was no fluke. He was too fast, hit too hard, and mixed up his attacks too well for Barnett to do much more than try to duck dodge dip and dive for cover. Even on the ground, Cormier managed to stay out of danger to deliver punishing ground and pound that left Barnett pulped up and bleeding.
It will be interesting to see what happens next for the SF HWGP winner. There’s that stupid +1 fight to consider, but who is he going to fight now that there’s no one left in the Strikeforce heavyweight division? At least the promotion has several months to figure this out. Cormier is headed into surgery to fix up his hand, and who knows if Strikeforce will even still be around by the time he’s ready to come back?
Bad news for Women’s MMA, but not bad for Cormier. He deserves to move over to the UFC, and if he keeps performing like he did last night he might be fighting for the heavyweight title sooner rather than later. If he can stop breaking his hands on his opponents’ faces, that is.