Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier has beaten every opponent he’s faced thus far inside the ring. Unfortunately, the one adversary he can’t seem to overcome is the dreaded injury bug. Fresh off a nine-month hiatus for health-related reasons, Cormier is poised to miss more time as the result of breaking his hand in an impressive win over Josh Barnett a few weeks back in the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Final.
On the bright side, the American Kickboxing Academy staple won’t be out nearly as long as before after opting to get surgery this past Monday on his damaged paw.
“I think we made the right decision this time as a team, my coaches, myself and my management team to do the surgery with our doctors and get it fixed so that this won’t be anything long-term,” said Cormier in an interview with Sherdog Radio. “It’s been long enough. I almost lost a year due to injury, and I’m not young. I’m already 33 years old, so I can’t really take all that time off.”
According to Cormier he will be able to start punching again in the gym six weeks from now and can return to working on cardio next week.
When he does in fact get back to full speed Cormier will fight one final time under the Strikeforce banner against an unknown opponent. Though the 10-0 former Olympian doesn’t have any specific names in mind, foes floated around thus far include Shane Carwin and Tim Sylvia. In Cormier’s eyes either would make for a fine adversary though his preference, albeit one essentially impossible to suit, would be for a higher-ranked fighter to face.
“I just would like to keep progressing in my career and fighting guys that are better than the last guy. I don’t know who that’s going to be. It doesn’t really matter. I’ll give Showtime their fight and see where I stand in the UFC division when I’m done,” concluded Cormier, clearly eager to test his skills against the division’s elite.
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