Strikeforce in Tweets: Pros React to Cormier vs. Barnett, Score Melendez vs. Thomson

Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Eleven months ago Daniel Cormier was just another up-and-coming heavyweight, plucked from the Challengers circuit and fresh off the biggest moment of his career -- a decision victory over 40-year-old Jeff Monson. Now, amazingly, Cormier is the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion and one of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts.

The former Olympian bulldozed his way through Josh Barnett at Saturday's Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier event, outclassing the veteran with a dizzying display of striking prowess and taking the fight to the ground seemingly at will. Without a doubt, it was a star-making performance that left both fans and professional fighters eager to see how Cormier would fare against his UFC brethren.

Though the night did not solely belong to the heavyweights, as Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson engaged in a contentious rubber match on the card's co-main event. After 25 back-and-forth minutes, Melendez earned a razor-thin split decision win to retain his Strikeforce lightweight title, with the ruling became a polarizing topic for many fighters in the MMA community.

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DANIEL CORMIER'S COMING OUT PARTY

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SCORING MELENDEZ VS. THOMSON III

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