Barnett/Cormier both break hands in 1st round of Grand Prix final


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."

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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.

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Update: Josh Barnett today tweeted a picture of his broken, and from the looks of it, I'm guessing this didn't feel too good.

Here's what happened in the first :30...still threw it though. Of course that might not have so wise LOL.

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Barnett X-Ray


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chaplinshouse site profile image  

5/21/12 4:27 PM by chaplinshouse

true, just saying old folks seen a shit ton more tragedy than young people.  

Haulport site profile image  

5/21/12 4:18 PM by Haulport

For any age..........

chaplinshouse site profile image  

5/21/12 4:16 PM by chaplinshouse

 ^^ yeah i've never seen someone that just won something major look so down.  the dude knows way too much pain for a guy his age

Haulport site profile image  

5/21/12 2:37 PM by Haulport

The unfortunate thing was that Daniel looked sad when he was "celebrating" his win this weekend : (

JerodR site profile image  

5/21/12 2:13 PM by JerodR

I thought it was pretty least watching it on TV. You can see when he lands a solid shot the look on his face and the minor shake of his hand. After that he played it off good, but when it happend I am surprised more people didn't notice it.

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5/20/12 5:25 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

I only hope Barnett gets a shot in the UFC. He only looked so mortal because Cormier is that damned good. Seriously. Two in shape heavyweights who fought like middleweights on free tv? (premium cable but free in that no additional cost was needed to view the fight if you had the channel)Both deserve UFC. UFC heavies like Russow getting premium opportunities dont deserve those spots in comparison.

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5/20/12 5:23 PM by DoomFarmer

Believe it or not there are a couple of assholes around here who are claiming they will never be a fan of the guy.I don't get it.Out of all the people in MMA to dislike, Cormier shouldn't be one.

Devlin site profile image  

5/20/12 5:18 PM by Devlin

Agree completely, after all this guys been though its amazing to see him be such a class act and not fall apart.

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5/20/12 5:09 PM by super chin Boxing writers have been using stanza to refer to rounds for some time

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5/20/12 5:07 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

 How can you not root for this guy? I hope he becomes UFC Champion.