Daniel Cormier To Undergo Surgery in July

Published on June 20th, 2014 4:15 pm EST

Light Heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier has elected to go under the knife to fix a nagging problem with his knee. The surgery will reportedly take place in early July after Cormier engages in an amateur wrestling match against Chris Pendleton at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas.

Cormier reportedly injured his knee (LCL) before his fight against Dan Henderson at UFC 173. Cormier reportedly toyed with the idea of pulling out of the fight but ended up pushing through - he eventually defeated Dan Henderson via rear-naked choke in the third round of their fight after a thoroughly dominant performance.

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Cormier is picking the perfect time to get his knee fixed, as he has already announced his intentions to sit on the sidelines for the winner of Jon Jones/Alexander Gustafsson II, which is set to take place later this year. Cormier will likely have to wait until early 2015 to get his title shot, so getting his knee worked on in the meantime makes plenty of sense. There were some thoughts that Cormier may take a fight in the interim against somebody like Rashad Evans, but the former Strikeforce Heavyweight champion will get his knee operated on instead. The interim fight idea really didn't make a lot of sense for Cormier, as he would be running the risk of losing and costing himself a shot at the title.

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So, when the winner of Gustafsson/Jones II has been decided, a healthy Cormier will be able to conduct a normal training camp. This is a good thing, and Cormier is smart to have the surgery done now while he is waiting for his title shot.


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