Daniel Cormier Gives Positive Update About His Eye Injury

A bad injury to Daniel Cormier’s left eye during his retirement fight with Stipe Miocic recently had some fans fearing the worst, but thankfully the recently retired star has now given a positive update about his ongoing recovery.

“It was very bad initially,” Cormier told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “The first week-and-a-half or so, it was really bad. It wasn’t open. It was completely blurry. But now it feels like I have an eyelash in it. I went and saw the doctor last week, and he told me that I’m probably not going to need surgery. It was bad for like a week, and then it started to get better. I got medicine, antibiotics and stuff that kind of goes into my eye three times a day.”

“It’s starting to get better and better and better. It feels good but just feels like there’s something in there. Like, you know when you get an eyelash in there and you can’t get it out? It’s like that. It’s not bad, though, not bothering me that much.”

“You can almost get used to pretty much anything if you get used to it so long,” Cormier continued. “I’m almost used to it. When my eye is opening, it’s like a little bit smaller, but it’s not as bad as it was the day of the fight.”

As such DC says that it appears that he won’t need to undergo surgery.

“It was concerning initially, because they did not know how severe the impact was going to be going forward. They didn’t know if I wasn’t going to need surgery and do all these other things. But luckily I was able to recover, and I feel better, and I prefer not to have surgery. I don’t want to go under the knife for everything. If it’s something that I can avoid, if it’s an option to not do it in that way, I’ll always use that option.”

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