30 seconds into last night’s Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final, Josh Barnett knew something wasn’t right.
Technically, it was his left.
Barnett broke his hand punching opponent Daniel Cormier early in the first round and dealt with the pain and discomfort of the injury for the remainder of the 25-minute affair.
Ultimately, Barnett was defeated by Cormier by unanimous decision to claim the first and only Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title.
On Sunday following the fight, Barnett sent out a picture of the X-Ray on Twitter of his broken hand that verified the injury once he visited his doctor.
The sting of defeat is a tough one to swallow, but the broken hand will surely serve as a reminder to Barnett for the next several weeks as he waits for it to heal so he can get back in action later this year.
The loss to Cormier was the first Barnett has suffered since a 2006 defeat at the hands of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira while fighting under the Pride banner in Japan.
Cormier also broke his hand during the fight with Barnett, but the San Jose based fighter will opt for surgery to repair the damage.
There’s been no word yet if Barnett will have to deal with any surgical procedure or just end up with a cast on his hands for several weeks.