Friday night at the Xyience XenArt exhibit in Las Vegas, MMA Fight Corner caught up with Frank Mir who will be making an appearance in Strikeforce to face Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion, Daniel Cormier. This will be Cormier’s last fight in Strikeforce before heading over to the UFC.
Mir disclosed that the date is set for November 4th and the event will take place in Cormier’s old stomping ground of Oklahoma. “It will be November 4th. It will be that Sunday in Oklahoma. I guess we will be going to his, I guess it is a great wrestling college.”
Mir said he’s not expecting many cheers, heading to face Cormier in a state where he will be heavily favored. Undefeated in his MMA career thus far, Cormier was not only an Olympic wrestler, but was also a former All-American NCAA Division I wrestler while at Oklahoma State University.
“I think I am going to get boo’ed quite a bit,” Mir said. “It hurts my feelings, but I’ll get over it.”
As far as preparing for Cormier, Mir said he’s hoping to avoid taking too many of Cormier’s vicious slams. But also warned that he has a growing collection of snapped arms and can obviously handle himself on the ground. “I’m not going to argue with the guy, if he doesn’t want me to take him down, I’m not going to take him down, so I’m just going to have to make sure he suffers from that decision,” Frank said. “And, I’m more proficient than anyone he’s ever fought at finishing fights, I’ve broken the limbs of people much stronger and bigger than him.”
The news of a Sunday date for an MMA event seems a bit odd, especially during football season. At this time MMA Fight Corner was not able to confirm the news with promotion officials or the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission. We will continue to update news from this story as we receive it.
UPDATE: According to a report by MMAFighting.com, sources within the Cormier camp and a Showtime source, the event is set for Saturday, Nov 3rd. USA Today also confirms that the fight will happen at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.