Daniel Cormier put himself on the map last night by knocking out Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva to claim his place in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix finals opposite Josh Barnett, but in the aftermath of the event it emerged that Cormier’s place in the tournament may be at risk.
At the post-fight press conference Cormier revealed that he injured his hand at the beginning of the fight.
“I kind of hurt my hand on the very first right hand when he went down,” Cormier said. “When he got up, I was like, ‘How am I going to get through 15 minutes with my hand hurting like it was?’ But I kept going. I kept throwing it.”
That paid off as he continued to give the Brazilian a torrid time with his striking before finally finishing the job off with a hard uppercut late in the first round.
However Cormier now faces an anxious wait to see whether he will be fit enough to compete in the final which is expected to take place in February of next year, five months from now.
According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker it all depends on the doctor’s evaluation.
“If Daniel wasn’t available for an extended period of time, we’d consider another opponent (for Barnett),” Coker said. “We’ll wait and see how his hand is after X-rays.”
If his hand is indeed broken then he could be sidelined for six months, and it seems that Strikeforce are not keen on entertaining the idea of pushing the final, which is already running behind schedule, back any further.
Coker has stated that his preference is to keep Cormier in the GP if possible though.