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Monday, 05/21/2012, 09:24 am

PHOTO | Josh Barnett Shows Off Nasty Hand Break Suffered Saturday | MMA NEWS

By: Jason Kindschy

Following his loss to Daniel Cormier on Saturday, Josh Barnett explained to Mauro Ranallo that he broke his hand early in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final.

Barnett put any doubts of his claim to rest Sunday when he posted an X-ray of his left hand on Twitter. The picture depicts what appears to be a nasty break to the metacarpal of Barnett’s left index finger. I personally found it amazing that with such a painful injury, “The War Master” gave no inclination of being injured, or being in pain. Barnett did throw a few lead elbows, but it appeared that he was just mixing it up, and he still managed to pump the jab throughout the five rounds. Barnett stated on Twitter yesterday, “Here’s what happened in the first :30…still threw it though. Of course that might not have been so wise LOL.”

The loss to Daniel Cormier snapped an 8 fight win streak for Josh Barnett, with Barnett’s most recent win being over Sergei Kharitonov via arm triangle. Before Cormier, the last man to defeat Barnett was Minotauro Nogueria at Pride Shockwave in 2006.

Daniel Cormier allegedly re-injured his right hand in the first round of the fight as well. The former Olympian broke his hand in his bout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in September of last year, and the injury resurfaced again Saturday night. Cormier told MMAfighting.com, “I think I’m going to have surgery on it and get it fixed, because I don’t want it to be recurring and then end up costing me later and later on down the line.

It appears both fighters will be out of commission for the foreseeable future, each needing time to let their injuries heal. Josh Barnett’s break is clearly the worse of the two judging by the photo, but I’m sure landing shots with a broken hand didn’t feel great for Daniel Cormier either. Regardless, I give both athletes a lot of respect for showing no pain and putting on a great show.

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