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5/20/12 10:54 AM
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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 MMAjunkie.com 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.

read official Twitter...

Barnett X-Ray


5/20/12 11:28 AM
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Cormier really is like the black fedor. Body type, his movements at several points in the fight looked very fedor-esque, and he's got the same fragile hands.
5/20/12 11:29 AM
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Both wear jeans to weigh ins
5/20/12 11:40 AM
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What was cormiers tragedy. I keep hearig about it. Phone Post
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Both fighters with broken hands put on an amazing fight Phone Post
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goku -  What was cormiers tragedy. I keep hearig about it. Phone Post

 his little girl was killed?
5/20/12 12:53 PM
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goku - What was cormiers tragedy. I keep hearig about it. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


"Daughter's death
Cormier's life has been beset by a series of tragedies. The most devastating was the death of his 3-month old daughter, Kaedyn Imri Cormier, in a car accident on June 14, 2003. The daughter of Cormier and Carolyn Flowers -- Cormier's former girlfriend who ran track at Oklahoma State while Cormier was a wrestler -- Kaedyn was riding in a car on Interstate 35 north of Austin, Texas, when an 18-wheeler rear-ended the automobile. The air conditioner in Flowers' vehicle was not working that day, so she decided to let the baby ride in a friend's car. The two vehicles were separated and Flowers had to stop for gas. She called her friend's cell phone, but no one answered. She continued to try for a few hours, until a police officer pulled into the gas station. Flowers asked him for help, and when she told him her name, the officer informed her of the news. Kaedyn was killed despite being in a properly installed infant car seat. Two other people in the car suffered significant injuries, but survived.

Tragic accidents
The death of a close family member was not new to Cormier. When Cormier was 7, his father, Joseph, was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in 1986 by the father of his second wife. And during Cormier's junior year in high school, a close friend and football teammate was killed in a car accident. A year later, he lost a cousin in another auto accident. Then, while attending Oklahoma State University, a good friend of Cormier's, Daniel Lawson, was among those who perished in a plane crash involving the Cowboys' basketball team."

per http://www.2008.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=1311/bio/index.html
5/20/12 12:54 PM
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5/20/12 12:56 PM
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I knew he broke his hand, he kinda shook it after hitting josh. after tht he wasn't using his hand much. I thought it was in the second round or third he broke his hand.

both guys deserve to go to the ufc.

5/20/12 1:03 PM
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That's the first heavyweight fight in a while that I remember going 5 rounds and still holding my attention all the way through. Love both of these guys and I hope we get to see them in the UFC soon!
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Daniel Cormier us one hell of a human being and deserves our upmost respect. The man has been through a lot and for him to have just won this being the "dark horse" of the tournament. I wish him the best and can't wait to see him in there again. I hope for a speedy recovery.

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This isnt good that he keeps breaking his hand. He broke it vs Big Foot, in training which is why this fight didnt happen in Jan, now this fight again.

3 times since Sept.
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Both Cormier and Barnett should be in the UFC. They're both top 5 HWs. Cormier should be facing JDS if JDS beats Mir.
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Chris27 - This isnt good that he keeps breaking his hand. He broke it vs Big Foot, in training which is why this fight didnt happen in Jan, now this fight again.

3 times since Sept.


Well, they call him Black Fedor so a reoccuring hand injury would be fitting.
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Since the heavyweights were dissolved into the ufc and the winner of the grand prix would have one more fight in Strikeforce wouldn't that have to mean Fedor ?
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 Wonder if he's clinching his fist wrong (like fedor supposedly does). 

I like Cormier.  A nice guy overachiever with an interesting background both in and away from sport.  Can't wait for him to enter the UFC but he's right to get surgery.  He can't keep taking hand break layoffs after each fight.  What a fight by two warriors last night
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Cormier is a bigger threat to JDS than anyone besides Cain in the HW div IMO, due to his striking and ability to take anyone down almost at will. Against a striker like JDS his striking will be good enough to set-up his takedowns, and his ground and pound was pretty brutal last night Phone Post
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the opening stanza

what's a stanza?
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Warriormmd - Daniel Cormier us one hell of a human being and deserves our upmost respect. The man has been through a lot and for him to have just won this being the "dark horse" of the tournament. I wish him the best and can't wait to see him in there again. I hope for a speedy recovery.

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yup I agree completely.
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hubris - the opening stanza

what's a stanza?

round. the first stanza of the fight is the first 'round' of the fight. it's just not used anymore. an inning in baseball is also a stanza. it just means a round, an inning, a period, etc.
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goku - What was cormiers tragedy. I keep hearig about it. <img src="/images/phone/droid.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


"Daughter's death
Cormier's life has been beset by a series of tragedies. The most devastating was the death of his 3-month old daughter, Kaedyn Imri Cormier, in a car accident on June 14, 2003. The daughter of Cormier and Carolyn Flowers -- Cormier's former girlfriend who ran track at Oklahoma State while Cormier was a wrestler -- Kaedyn was riding in a car on Interstate 35 north of Austin, Texas, when an 18-wheeler rear-ended the automobile. The air conditioner in Flowers' vehicle was not working that day, so she decided to let the baby ride in a friend's car. The two vehicles were separated and Flowers had to stop for gas. She called her friend's cell phone, but no one answered. She continued to try for a few hours, until a police officer pulled into the gas station. Flowers asked him for help, and when she told him her name, the officer informed her of the news. Kaedyn was killed despite being in a properly installed infant car seat. Two other people in the car suffered significant injuries, but survived.

Tragic accidents
The death of a close family member was not new to Cormier. When Cormier was 7, his father, Joseph, was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in 1986 by the father of his second wife. And during Cormier's junior year in high school, a close friend and football teammate was killed in a car accident. A year later, he lost a cousin in another auto accident. Then, while attending Oklahoma State University, a good friend of Cormier's, Daniel Lawson, was among those who perished in a plane crash involving the Cowboys' basketball team."

per http://www.2008.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=1311/bio/index.html

 How can you not root for this guy? I hope he becomes UFC Champion.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanza

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goku - What was cormiers tragedy. I keep hearig about it. Phone Post


"Daughter's death
Cormier's life has been beset by a series of tragedies. The most devastating was the death of his 3-month old daughter, Kaedyn Imri Cormier, in a car accident on June 14, 2003. The daughter of Cormier and Carolyn Flowers -- Cormier's former girlfriend who ran track at Oklahoma State while Cormier was a wrestler -- Kaedyn was riding in a car on Interstate 35 north of Austin, Texas, when an 18-wheeler rear-ended the automobile. The air conditioner in Flowers' vehicle was not working that day, so she decided to let the baby ride in a friend's car. The two vehicles were separated and Flowers had to stop for gas. She called her friend's cell phone, but no one answered. She continued to try for a few hours, until a police officer pulled into the gas station. Flowers asked him for help, and when she told him her name, the officer informed her of the news. Kaedyn was killed despite being in a properly installed infant car seat. Two other people in the car suffered significant injuries, but survived.

Tragic accidents
The death of a close family member was not new to Cormier. When Cormier was 7, his father, Joseph, was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day in 1986 by the father of his second wife. And during Cormier's junior year in high school, a close friend and football teammate was killed in a car accident. A year later, he lost a cousin in another auto accident. Then, while attending Oklahoma State University, a good friend of Cormier's, Daniel Lawson, was among those who perished in a plane crash involving the Cowboys' basketball team."

per http://www.2008.nbcolympics.com/athletes/athlete=1311/bio/index.html

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

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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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. Phone Post

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