The former Strikeforce Heavyweight champion and Olympic wrestler, Daniel Cormier (12-0) entered the octagon for the very first time at UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez in April of this year. Cormier went on to dominate for three rounds over former UFC Heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Cormier is easily in the top five of his division, but will not get a shot to fight Cain Velasquez simply because they are close friends and training partners. Cormier first entered the elite Heavyweight picture when he went (2-0) under the Strikeforce banner and then knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov back in September of 2011.
Cormier will now face Roy “Big Country” Nelson (19-8). Although this match-up is not the average UFC winner vs. winner format, it has the making to be a true fans fight. Nelson was riding a very impressive three fight win streak, which were all finishes via TKO/KO. Nelson had defeated Dave Herman, Matt Mitrione, and Cheick Kongo. Unfortunately for “Big Country” it was a fight he took on late notice against Stipe Miocic where he lost via unanimous decision back in mid-June. Talk about Nelson leaving the UFC was in the air, but now he will stay to fight Cormier and try to hand the former Olympian his first lost in Mixed Martial Arts.