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Daniel Cormier gets his chance to shine, and he does

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 15, 2010,

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, former NFL football player Herschel Walker, right, trains with Daniel Cormier at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. Walker is scheduled to fight Scott Carson at a Strikeforce mixed martial arts event on Jan. 29. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Antonio Silva pounded away at Fedor Emelianenko for two rounds in February on the opening night of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Since then, the Grand Prix tournament itself has taken its share of drubbings, including bad bracket building and the removal of Alistair Overeem due to injury.

Daniel Cormier (above, left) took Overeem's place in the tournament, and the beatdowns continued Saturday night in the Grand Prix semifinals. This time, though, it was Cormier administering the punishment and Silva taking it.

Cormier knocked down Silva three times in the first round, the last of which put an end to the fight with 1:04 left in the first round.

"I fought one of the top five heavyweights in the world and I knocked him out," Cormier said. "Now give me some respect."

Cormier (9-0), a two-time Olympian who trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., advances to the Grand Prix final against Josh Barnett who submitted Sergei Kharitonov in Saturday's other semifinal.

"He's no Cain Velasquez," Cormier said, "and that's who I train with every day."

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