UFC light-heavyweight star Daniel Cormier recently had an MRI scan on his knee, and while the results weren’t good the current No.2 contender is still weighing up the possibility that he may postpone having surgery.

According to Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of UFC Tonight the scan showed that he has a significant LCL tear, the result of an injury he suffered during training for his last fight with Dan Henderson, plus it also revealed that he only has 50 percent of his ACL left, a problem he says he’s been dealing with since his college wrestling days.

Nevertheless, doctor’s have informed him that’s up to him to decide whether he wants to go under the knife at this stage, and it’s believed that ‘DC’ is somewhat reluctant to do so as that would mean a long layoff at a time when he’s within touching distance of a title shot.

“I’m not a big surgery guy,” Cormier told FOX Sports recently. “Once you get surgery, you’re so committed to everything. You can’t train, you can’t do anything, you’re just rehabbing the knee.

“I’m going to see what my options are, I don’t necessarily want to do surgery. I would much rather rehab it and just be really aggressive in my rehab and try to strengthen it.

He does have some time on his side though as light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is set to head into a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson next and that fight won’t take place until late September.


  1. Making it public knowledge that you have a bad knee seems like it is giving your next opponent a target for what to go for if you do not get surgery.

    Jon Jones loves to front kick his opponents knees.

    You may have just wrote Greg Jackson’s gameplan for him.