Standing just 5'11, Cormier gives up a noticeable height disadvantage to the 6'3 Barnett. Despite this, Cormier sees his stockier frame as an advantage when the two meet later this year.
"My low center of gravity allows me to defend takedowns a lot better than most people. It's very hard to get to my legs. It's going to be really hard to take me down. There are a lot of positives to being my size. I'm a lot quicker, and I move around a lot better and more fluidly than some of these bigger guys. I think one of my biggest advantages is that I move around these big guys very well," Cormier said.
Cormier is no stranger to being the smaller man in a fight. In fact in his last bout against Antonio Silva at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov, Cormier was able to upset "Big Foot" by knocking out the Brazilian within the first round. Going into the bout Silva stood 6'4 and had a 12 inch reach advantage over Cormier but that did little to faze him in their fight.
"I was like, 'Well, if he (Silva) stands tall and tries to jab from the outside, I'm just going to take him down." You can't really stand tall. When we got in there, he was squatting down, and I was standing a little taller, because I'm very confident in my takedown defense...That's a big benefit to my height," Cormier said.
Unfortunately for Cormier, he broke his hand in the Silva fight and Barnett had issues to amend with the California State Athletic Commission thus prompting the long delay between the semi-final round and the upcoming May 19 fight.
Will Cormier be able to use his shorter frame to his advantage once again or will the "Warmaster", Barnett, reign supreme? Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix comes to a conclusion on May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.