The conclusion of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will more than likely be delayed a little longer than those involved would like, as finalist Daniel Cormier announced on his Twitter account that he does in fact have a broken hand.
“Just got done seeing Dr. Hand is broken will be on the shelf 4 a while. Still looking forward to finishing tourney. Thx 4 support. DC,” Cormier wrote.
Cormier was seen grasping his right hand after the fight, and he told MMAFighting’s Ariel Hellwani after the press conference that he believed it to be broken.
Cormier believes he broke the hand on his first big punch that landed on the chin of Antonio Silva.
Once Cormier, a former Olympic wrestler, is healed and has went through a training camp, he will meet Josh Barnett to crown the grand prix champion.
Barnett, who defeated Sergei Kharitonov in the other semifinal match, has pushed for the tourney champion to be crowned the new Strikeforce heavyweight champion – a belt formerly worn by Alistair Overeem.
Both semifinal round fights went down this past weekend at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.