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Barnett, Cormier move to GP final

Updated: September 12, 2011, 7:18 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Josh Barnett was favored to reach the final of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, and he didn't disappoint against Sergei Kharitonov in Cincinnati.

The former UFC heavyweight champion forced Kharitonov to the ground and submitted him at 4:28 of the first round.

Barnett will face Daniel Cormier for the championship. No date has been set, but the final is expected to happen in early 2012.

"Cormier is a great opponent," Barnett said. "He's a guy who has competed ...

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