Earlier this month, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was set to fight top ranked light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 206. The fight was not only set to be a highly anticipated rematch, but would also serve as Cormier’s second title defense. Unfortunately, several weeks before the fight, Cormier was forced to pull out of the fight with a torn adductor in his groin, and as a result the fight was scrapped.
The initial timetable for Cormier’s return, indicated that the champ could be making his return in spring of 2017, however there had been no official word from the champ himself on what course of action he would take to recover from the injury.
During a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Cormier spoke about the injury, and his recovery, saying:
“I went back to the doctor, got some more therapy done, PRP, as I’m trying to really speed up the process,”
“I’ve got to get back into the octagon,” Cormier said. “I want to fight. I want to fight Anthony Johnson. He deserves the opportunity, so I’m trying my best to get healthy. Hopefully, it happens very soon, and we fight this spring.”
2016 has been a rough year for Cormier in regards to injuries. Cormier and Jon Jones were slated to have a highly anticipated rematch at UFC 197 back in April, however an injury forced Cormier off the card. After his UFC 200 scrap with Jones was cancelled due to Jones failing a drug test, later determined to be the result of a tainted supplement, Cormier was booked to fight Johnson at UFC 206. As mentioned above, a torn groin forced Cormier out of that fight as well.
We would like to wish the champ a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back in the Octagon as soon as possible!