Brazilian behemoth Antonio Silva was one of the numerous fighters who took to the cage this past Saturday night at “Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov” and exited with damage requiring an extended amount of time on the sidelines to recover from.
Silva’s status was revealed on the list of post-show medical suspensions compiled by the Ohio Athletic Commission and will apparently be out at least sixty days, if not longer, as the result of his knockout loss to Dan Cormier.
The two-month mandated break was a standard sentence for Strikeforce fighters who were KO’d at the event with Roger Gracie and Yoel Romero Palacio also receiving the same suspension after suffering similar defeats.
Other fighters stopped by strikes but not completely knocked cold – Evangelista Santos and Amanda Nunes – were suspended for 30 days.
Also worth mentioning, though not officially listed in the report, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Cormier will both need at least a few months to recover from broken bones (Cavalcante’s forearm, Cormier’s hand) both men revealed through various outlets after the festivities in Cincinnati were complete.
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MMATraining Take: It’s a shame so many Strikeforce fighters went down for the amount of time they did but on the flipside it’s not like they were going to be booked anytime soon anyways given the lack of major events the promotion has planned over the next few months. Most concerning is Cormier’s health since it might cost him a spot in the Grand Prix final, a genuine shame after his performances against Silva and Jeff Monson.