The injury-related fallout from “Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov” has started to show up with two Grand Prix participants out for solid block of time plus five other fighters also set to sit on the sidelines for more than a month.
Tournament finalist Daniel Cormier confirmed fears yesterday when he announced through Twitter than he had indeed broken his hand as suspected. Though no timetable was mentioned in terms of his availability, the undefeated former Olympian did say it would keep him “on the shelf for awhile” but that he was “still looking forward to finishing the (Strikeforce World Grand Prix)”.
With the crowning clash against Josh Barnett rumored for early 2012 he may get his wish though only if his health progresses as planned.
Also, according to the Ohio Athletic Commission, Antonio Silva will be suspended for sixty days along with Roger Gracie and Yoel Romero Palacio after the trio suffered knockout losses at last weekend’s show. They were joined on the governing body’s official list by Evangelista Santos and Amanda Nunes who will miss at least thirty days due to their respective TKO defeats.
The Strikeforce event’s proverbial ER was first populated by former light heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante who revealed on Sunday he’d broken his arm in the opening round of his win over Palacio.
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