Rising heavyweight star Daniel Cormier will not be competing on next week’s Strikeforce Challengers 10 card in Phoenix, Ariz., after all, MMA Fighting confirmed with Strikeforce officials. Cormier’s involvement on the card was never officially announced by the organization, but it was discussed publicly by all parties involved.
Cormier, a two-time Olympic wrestler, improved to 3-0 over the weekend when he defeated Lucas Browne at Xtreme MMA 2 in Sydney, Australia. Prior to that win, the 31-year-old had won his first two fights under the Strikeforce banner.
No official reason was given as to why Cormier was pulled from the card, but he recently told MMA Junkie that the organization was having a hard time finding an opponent for him.
Strikeforce officials did tell MMA Fighting that they hope to have Cormier fight for the organization in the near future.
Strikeforce Challengers 10 airs on Showtime on Friday, Aug. 13. The event is headlined by Joe Riggs vs. Louis Taylor and also features a four-woman one-night 135-pound tournament.