Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett both break hands in Strikeforce headliner

Last night marked one of final heavyweight fights under Strikeforce’s banner and the evening’s participants certainly lived up to expectations by turning in a fantastic five-rounder featuring blood, brawling, and apparently a few broken bones. After the match-up both Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier came forward to reveal they’d suffered hand injuries in the opening round of their headlining rumble and expected to be out for an undetermined period of time to recovery.

“I stopped throwing it for a while,” said Cormier of his right hand. “In a fight, you must be able to use all your weapons, so I punched, kicked, kneed, elbowed.”

The former Olympian also added he didn’t feel it was as bad as when he’d broken it last September against Antonio Silva and expected to take to the cage two more times in 2012.

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Meanwhile, Barnett stated he’d broken the “ever-living hell” out of his paw shortly after the conclusion of their bout. His future status was left more uncertain.

Cormier came away with a Unanimous Decision nod over Barnett, improving his record to 10-0 and snapping the veteran’s eight-fight winning streak in the process, to take home the Strikeforce World Grand Prix title.

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