Seven months after Mike Kyle
his hand on Antonio
’s skull, teammate Daniel
has done the same thing.
Just as Kyle did in February, Cormier felled the giant with a sharp
right hand early in the first round of their heavyweight grand prix
semifinal on Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Following
his victory, Cormier admitted his hand was “jacked up,” but was
unsure of the extent of his injury. Following a visit to his
physician, Cormier confirmed the break via Twitter on Monday.
“Just got done seeing [the doctor],” Cormier wrote. “Hand is
broken, will be on the shelf for a while. Still looking forward to
finishing [the] tourney.”
heavyweight grand prix final is rumored to take place sometime in
early 2012, which should allow the heavyweight ample time to
Meeting Cormier in the final round will be former UFC heavyweight
champion Josh Barnett,
who steamrolled Sergei
Kharitonov in Saturday’s second semifinal. The man now known as
“The Warmaster” stepped inside of the Russian’s powerful punches,
executing an outside trip and transitioning immediately into mount.
From there, the outcome was never in question, as Barnett picked
his shots and eventually locked up an arm-triangle choke to seal
Cormier also punched his ticket to the finals in impressive
fashion, as he succeeded where teammate Kyle failed. The American
Kickboxing Academy product carefully dissected the much larger
Silva, landing clean shots to the Brazilian’s dome. Cormier’s
superior speed spelled the difference, as the two-time Olympian
crumpled “Bigfoot” with a perfectly placed uppercut and pounced on
his prone opponent with hammer strikes to earn the stoppage at 3:56
of round one.
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