Strikeforce Not Immune to Injury Bug, Frank Mir Injured and Out of Daniel Cormier Bout
Posted on September 19, 2012 by Ken Pishna
The fight wasnít slated to take place under the UFC banner, but the UFC injury bug has bitten once again as former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been knocked out of his bout against Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier.
Sources close to the bout confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com late Tuesday night.
The two were slated to square off in the main event of Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Strikeforce and the UFC share the same ownership, so itís no surprise that the injury bug has crawled out of the Octagon on over to Strikeforce cage. It was expected to be the first big crossover fight between the two promotions with Cormier moving over to the UFC after the bout since Strikeforce will be doing away with the heavyweight division.
Mir (16-6) also last fought in May, losing via a second-round TKO stoppage at the heavy hands of UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
Mir had been a late replacement for Alistair Overeem when the Dutch fighter was placed on a de facto suspension after displaying an elevated ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone following a surprise drug test at a UFC press conference.
The news of Mirís injury was first reported by Sports Rage.
So....who do you think steps in? I'm kinda thinking Fabricio Werdum would be a good replacement with most of the other top UFC HWs booked already. I could also see Rothwell or Hunt stepping in, but I like the idea of Werdum.