The lower leg injury which ultimately forced UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier out of his UFC 197 title defense against Jon Jones wasn’t one of those moments in which the injured party immediately knew something really bad just went down.
“I was in practice sparring,” Cormier said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, “and I kicked one of my partners [with an] inside low kick and he checked it. And I fell down, and I was ‘ahh, that was painful,’ and [trainer] Bob Cook was laughing. We get kick checked all the time. Sometimes you bruise your shin, and in a couple days it passes.”
Instead, Cormier went back at it during his March 25 training session at San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy, not knowing that the checked kick had kicked off a sequence of events which would culminate a week later in Cormier pulling out of an announced matchup for the first time in his 18-fight pro career.
“I get up to try to spar again, and another guy did a little front kick to my shin,” Cormier said. “And when he did it I fell to the ground again, and I said, okay, this hurts a little bit more than normal, so I’m going to probably stop sparring. So I stopped sparring.”
When the injury hadn’t healed over the weekend, Cormier went to a doctor to get it checked out. And while he found out the leg wasn’t broken, the prognosis made it clear his spot in the April 23 bout in Las Vegas was in jeopardy.
“I imagined by Monday it would be better, but it hadn’t gotten better, so I’m like ‘what if broke the leg, I should probably get it X-rayed,” Cormier said. “So I got the X-ray and there wasn’t a break, but ….View full article
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