The fight wasn’t 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 it’s 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.
Cormier (10-0) most recently defeated Josh Barnett in the Grand Prix final back in May. He had been sitting on the sideline, healing up some injuries of his own, before the fight with Mir was announced.
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 Mir’s injury was first reported by Sports Rage.
Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more Strikeforce news and updates.
- Daniel Cormier