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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cormier and Barnett both broke their hands in round 1

May 20, 2012 - SAN JOSE -- What's next for Daniel Cormier?

That was the question on everyone's mind after he manhandled veteran Josh Barnett to win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament on Saturday night at the HP Pavilion.

Will he go straight to the UFC, where he'd clearly fit in among the division's elite, or will he fight again in Strikeforce?

The answer, for now: Neither. A visit to the surgeon is on deck before anything else goes down in Cormier's career.

Cormier broke his right hand in the opening stanza of his five-round battle with the former UFC heavyweight champion. It was the same hand he broke when he knocked out Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in September in the tournament semifinals.

The former Olympic wrestler decided against surgery the first time around, which made for an eight-month stretch between his fights. This time, he wants to let it properly heal.

"I think this time I'm going to take a different approach," Cormier said. "I think I'm going to have surgery on it and get it fixed, because I don't want it to be recurring and then end up costing me later and later on down the line."

Cormier never bothered telling his corner that he thought his hand was broken. Instead, the early injury forced him to improvise.

"You're in a fight, you have to use all your weapons," said Cormier. "That's why I was kicking, I was punching, I was kneeing him in there. Josh is too good to fight handicapped. I don't think my coaches picked up on [the injury] because I didn't tell them. I just kept fighting."

That approach led to an epiphany for the undefeated American Kickboxing Academy star during the second round, which led to the fight turning to his favor for good.

"The biggest surprise was when I took him down in the second round and just kind of stayed here," Cormier said. "It was very surprising to me how easy it was to stay in his guard, he's such a good leg lock guy that I thought maybe he would let me pass through his half-guard or something.

"I made an adjustment in the fight when I realized he was going to allow me to control him on the bottom. It was a little easier with my strikes when I realized he was going to respect my takedowns. It changed things a little bit."

Still, Cormier was impressed with the toughness displayed by his opponent, who wasn't at the post-fight press conference.

"Josh did a great job," Cormier said. "He fought tough, he fought hard, he was in there in my face the whole time. I couldn't believe some of the shots that I landed in there, especially the two head kicks. I couldn't believe that he stayed up."

Cormier has one fight left on his Strikeforce contract. He hopes to fight again in 2012. No one would speculate as to whom Cormier would meet. After all, who knows what Strikeforce will look like six months down the road? Cormier simply wishes to focus on getting healthy.

"Normally when you get surgery you get it to heal faster," he said. "It's not as bad as it was the first time, because the first time, I could hardly I even move it."

And besides, Cormier has been through far worse predicaments in life than a broken hand, both in competition, where he came up short in several international wrestling meets, and more importantly, in his personal life, where he has coped with quite a bit of tragedy. The heavyweight, who was emotional in the cage after the win, waxed philosophical during the press conference.

"When you think about everyone's trials and tribulations, for me, getting knocked down and getting back up, it made me a stronger person," Cormier said. "Everything's turned back around. Not only is my career going great, but I have two young kids, a great girlfriend, it's just everything is on the up and up right now."

"Now matter how bad things get, eventually the sun is going to shine. "If you just keep it at, pursuing your goals, eventually good things happen to decent people. For a person who is set on his goals, good things happen. Everyone deals with adversity. It's how you bounce back from it."

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Josh Barnett (31-6 MMA, 2-1 SF) immediately went to the hospital after a grueling five-round fight that saw Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) earn a unanimous-decision victory to win the Strikeforce world heavyweight grand prix.

Barnett broke his left hand in the first round of the fight and had it set in a splint by a doctor, who said it was not a "spiral" break, manager Leland LaBarre told ( early Sunday morning.

An orthopedist now will determine the extent of the damage, after which the fighter and his rep will decide what's next.

Barnett revealed the injury in his post-fight speech while praising Cormier's performance, which aired on Showtime as part of "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final" from HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. LaBarre said his corner was unaware of it during the fight.

Asked whether a UFC crossover was possible – Cormier and Barnett are the sole heavyweights listed on the current Strikeforce roster – LaBarre said, "Due to extenuating circumstances, anything's possible." But he declined to reveal whether Barnett's contract allowed for a move.

"Per his contract, I think that [Strikeforce parent Zuffa] would happily find an opponent that makes the most sense," he said.

Barnett was in good spirits during his visit to the hospital, LaBarre said, and did not require a CT scan despite punishment that included a head kick and punches that left him woozy in the third round.

Two judges had Cormier winning a clean sweep on the scorecards, 50-45, while one saw it 49-46 for the Olympian.

Cormier also suffered a broken right hand during the fight and is expected to undergo corrective surgery.

LaBarre said a timetable for Barnett's recovery would be premature until the fighter sees a hand specialist. He said there was damage to a bone below the index finger but was unsure of other damage.

The loss snapped an eight-fight win streak for Barnett that stretched more than three years.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-21-2012, 10:53 AM
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Not only one, but both guys broke their hands!!

I hope they heal up properly and get fighting by the end of the year.


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I figured Cormier broke his again but didn't notice Barnett; probably because he was spending so much of the time getting his ass kicked.
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Barnett's is disgusting..
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I hope both guys heal up easily and get back in there.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-22-2012, 08:47 AM
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Have anyone seen Cormier's hand and know how serious his injury is?

I think Cormier's injury is minor because he was punching a lot with his broken right hand.
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That was a great battle with both fighters showing tenacity. But that explains why Cormier changed up his strategy in the latter rounds. Both didn't show any pain til afterwards. I saw Josh in the corner holding his left hand/arm grimacing. I thought it was from blocking Cormier's head kicks. Both Randy and Franklin broke their arms blocking kicks.

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I noticed it when he was throwing those bombs, on landed on the elboy of jb's

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I love that Josh blamed (basically first thing he said) losing the fight on breaking his hand in the first. Then we find out Cormier did the same thing. Pretty embarrassing for team Barnett.

I wonder what Cormier was thinking in the cage, after the fight when Barnett made excuses about his hand.


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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-24-2012, 06:31 PM
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Neither appear to be bad breaks.

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