Josh Barnett was rushed to the hospital and wasn’t available for comment following his lopsided unanimous decision loss to Daniel Cormeir at “Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Final,” and now we know why. Outside of his bloodied and battered face, it appears Barnett broke his left hand in the opening seconds of his scrap.
“Here’s what happened in the first :30…still threw it though. Of course that might not have so wise LOL,” Barnett tweeted accompanied with the above picture. “I fought hard, I fought to win, and never once quit. It’s just what comes with battle. No sympathy, no regret.”
Although Barnett had his eight-fight winning streak snapped on Saturday night, the former UFC heavyweight champ wasn’t about to use his wounded haymaker as an excuse. Despite the injury, Barnett gave Cormier props for consistently beating him to the punch and taking Strikeforce’s 265-pound tournament.
“Helluva job last night brother @dc_mma. Great fight,” Barnett added. “You fought well and didn’t let me get away w/any mistakes. Like a true champion.”
Injury aside, Barnett’s future with Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of Stirkeforce and UFC, is in serious limbo. Strikeforce will be erasing the heavyweight division from its roster and “The Warmaster’s” rocky relationship with UFC president Dana White will likely prohibit another run inside the Octagon.