The final round of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix hinges on the status of Daniel Cormier’s injured right hand. After a brief visit to the doctor’s office, the former All-American wrestler revealed that his haymaker is in fact broken.
“Just got done seeing Dr. Hand is broken will be on the shelf 4 a while. Still looking forward to finishing tourney,” Cormier tweeted.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker suggested they might need to find a replacement if Cormier wouldn’t be ready to challenge Josh Barnett in the finals of the tournament, which is scheduled to resume sometime in the first quarter of 2012. However, Plan A for Coker was to keep him in the tourney.
According to USAToday, Cormier is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks so he should be able to answer the bell.
Cormier injured his hand the first time he floored Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva during their semifinals contest this past Saturday. He managed to push through the pain for several minutes to eventually post a 1stRound knockout victory.