UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier is still up in the air about having knee surgery, even after hearing the results of his latest MRI.
Cormier tore his LCL (lateral collateral ligament) about 10 days out from his fight at UFC 173 against Dan Henderson and contemplated pulling out of the bout due to the injury. Cormier opted to stick it out and his knee held up as he battered Henderson eventually winning the fight by rear naked choke.
Following the event in late May, Cormier was contemplating the next course of action for his knees considering he’s already dealt with ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) problems since college.
Cormier visited with physicians recently to have an MRI done on his knee and the results revealed the two-time Olympian only has 50-percent of his ACL remaining on one knee, and his LCL is significantly torn according to a report via UFC Tonight.
The option of surgery is still on the table for Cormier, but he’s undecided on whether or not he wants to pull the trigger on the procedure.
"I’m not a big surgery guy. 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," Cormier explained when speaking to FOX Sports last week. "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."
For now, Cormier will continue to mull over his decision on whether or not to have surgery. The former Strikeforce Grand Prix champion is on the sidelines currently as he awaits the winner of the upcoming fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson on September 27.
While a knee injury is never a good thing, at least Cormier has the time to recover before he’s back in action competing for the light heavyweight title.