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Cormier, Barnett and Others Earn Significant Medical Suspensions After Grueling Fights

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Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The injury suspensions are in for Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier and to no one's surprise, three of the four fighters involved in five-round fights are facing long medical suspensions.

Both Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett earned 180 day suspensions (unless cleared by a physician sooner) after both fractured their hands in the course of their fight. Barnett broke his left hand while Cormier broke his right. According to a statement Cormier made on Monday, the winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will have surgery to repair his hand in one week.

Josh Thomson, Yuri Villefort, Gesias Cavalcante, Virgil Zwicker and Bobby Green also all earned 180 day medical suspensions.

The full list of medical suspensions are below:

Daniel Cormier: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible right second finger fracture and 60 days unless cleared by a physician for left eyelid laceration.

Josh Barnett: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible left hand fracture and 60 days unless cleared by a physician for multiple facial lacerations.

Josh Thomson: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible left knee fracture and possible right hand fracture.

Isaac Valle-Flagg: suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for a one-inch laceration for right south orbital area.

Gesias Cavalcante: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible left shoulder ligament injury.

Virgil Zwicker: suspended 30 days for a hard bout and 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible left middle finger fracture.

Yuri Villefort: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible right knee ligament injury.

Bobby Green: suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible third finger fracture on left hand.

James Terry: suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for possible nasal fracture and laceration.