By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Daniel Cormier put his name on the heavyweight map this past weekend at Strikeforce but it may have come at a cost as the undefeated finalist injured his hand during his bout against Antonio Silva.
“I kind of hurt my hand on the very first right hand when he went down,” said Cormier. “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.”
It has not yet been determined if the injury will have any effect on how the tournament finals play out. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is playing the waiting game at this point “If Daniel wasn't available for an extended period of time, we'd consider another opponent (for Barnett),” said Coker. “We'll wait and see how his hand is after X-rays.”
The finals of the eight man grand prix are expected to take place in early 2012 when Cormier meets Josh Barnett.
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