By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Daniel Cormier may just be the most talked about fighter not on everybody's radar just yet but with Alistair Overeem out of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and the door open for Cormier to jump into the main bracket after winning his alternate reserve bout, fans may start to recognize the undefeated rising star.
8-0 in his mixed martial arts career, the former Olympian will now face Antonio Silva in the semi-finals of the tourney in September and spoke about the opportunity he has to prove himself to the world this week:
“People are saying that the tournament means nothing because Overeem is out, it's the biggest thing in my life. When I first saw the tournament started, I thought it was the greatest collection of heavyweights in one bracket. I still get to fight some of the best heavyweights in the world, and if I string this together, I think it validates me as a mixed martial artist.”
“I'm faster than he is, I'm more athletic and a better wrestler, and I think I'm a pretty decent mixed martial artist. I've gotten better to the point that I think I'm ready to compete with the best guys in the world. I won't know how far I am in this journey until I do test myself with someone like that.”
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