Daniel Cormier was set to begin training to complete the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix when he felt a similar sting.
Cormier, who broke his hand in his semifinal round win over Antonio Silva, delivered an uppercut to the chin of Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold and re-inured his mitt. Now, after rehabbing the bum hand, “DC” is finally ready to face Josh Barnett.
The match is set for May 19 on Showtime with the likely venue being Cormier’s professional home of San Jose, California. Barnett was recently granted a temporary fight license in California, clearing the way for the match to take place in Strikeforce’s place of origin.
“The biggest issue for me was that I didn’t improve as much as I usually do in between fights because of the injury,” said Cormier, in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “I’m normally improving constantly because I’m so young in the game. I haven’t been able to do that.”
Cormier knows he headed to the UFC following this fight – and one more if he is victorious, as there will be a heavyweight send-off between the tournament’s winner and an unknown fighter – but the ex-Olympian is aiming to enter the Octagon with a perfect record saying, “To go over into the UFC with the belt, undefeated, it would be a pretty good situation.”
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