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Healing Like Wolverine, Daniel Cormier Readying Himself For Josh Barnett

When tournament alternate Daniel Cormier broke his hand in a semi-finals victory over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva it was looking like the plagued Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix would never be concluded. However, thanks to the Olympic-caliber wrestler’s mutant-like healing powers, he’s on the mend and beginning preliminary training for his opponent in the finals, Josh Barnett.

During a recent appearance on HDNEt’s Inside MMA, Cormier discussed how his healing process has been going abnormally fast and, and a result, he’ll likely be ready to face Barnett early next year.

“I’m not full-speed yet. I got my cast off a couple weeks ago and I really do attribute that to me basically being a living Wolverine,” said Cormier, referencing Marvel Comics’ notoriously resilient hero. “Only took three weeks for the bone to heal in my hand. Because I am Wolverine, I was able to get the cast off. Now I’m doing one-hand sparring, doing my kicking and working on my cardio. Training camp has started. For a guy like Josh Barnett, for me not to be working hard for him at this point and trying to do a basic seven- to ten-week camp, it’s disrespectful to him and it doesn’t give me the best opportunity to win that fight.”

Let’s just hope that Cormier is referencing Wolverine’s comic book incarnation and not the movie version portrayed by Hugh Jackman.

The 32-year-old Cormier has only nine professional MMA bouts to his credit, but, under the tutelage of the American Kickboxing Academy, he has grown into a dangerous all-around MMA fighter. Looking better with each appearance, Cormier’s most recent fight saw him starch Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva with punches in the first round of their grand prix semi-finals match-up.