Daniel Cormier Missing 50-Percent of His ACL, but May Not Opt for Surgery

June 11, 2014
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Daniel Cormier UFC 170Daniel Cormier recently thought he might have to put off surgery on his knee because there was the possibility he, and not Alexander Gustafsson, might next challenge Jon Jones for his UFC light heavyweight belt.

One the UFC ironed out the situation with Jones and made the rematch with Gustafsson official, most thought Cormier would immediately opt for surgery. That, however, isn’t the case.

Cormier had an MRI done on his knee last week, and according to UFC Tonight, the doctor told him that he is missing 50-percent of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, plus he has a significant tear to his lateral collateral ligament. Surprisingly, however, he wasn’t told that he should immediately go under the knife.

Because Cormier is not experiencing major pain in his knee, the doctor reportedly told him that he could decide for himself when he wants to have surgery.

With Jones and Gustafsson scheduled to fight at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 in Toronto, it might be a good time for him to have the surgery done, depending upon the recovery period, but he hasn’t made up his mind just yet.

Although doctors aren’t forcing him to make a decision yet, Cormier said that he wants to make a decision one way or the other sometime within the next couple of weeks.

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  • Nogfan

    When is it ever a good idea when half of your ACL is missing to not get surgery. There’s a reason it’s named anterior Crucial ligament and not anterior unimportant ligament.

    • Kawhi Leonard’s a Beast

      Its CRUCIATE not CRUCIAL you uneducated prick.

      • Sir_Roy

        All Latin derivatives aside, he may have come off as slightly uninformed, but you’re the one who’s being the “pr!ck”.

      • Nogfan

        Oh sorry doctor house, i didn’t mean to anger you with my glaring stupidity. I’m very sorry that i made a high level doctor such as yourself was so angered by my lack of knowledge. I’m just wondering how you have time to respond to my post when you’re so busy being a world renowned scholar and publishing articles in The New England Journal of Medicine.

        • observantone

          lmfaoo you’re response was hilarious, although you made a mistake… he didn’t have to be an asshole about it. Well said lol…

        • coupdegrass

          lol nice

  • I’ve Lost My Smile

    So now every MMA fighter knows he has a messed up ACL and LCL but he doesn’t want to get surgery he wants his fellow fighters to target it.

    • deepgrim

      i think he is probably putting of the surgery incase gus gets injuried and he can step into fight on short notice

      • Collideoverme

        Very likely possible.

      • I’ve Lost My Smile

        and you don’t think Jones would target it? Love or Loathe him he usually has a great game plan for every fight.

        • deepgrim

          yes he does but i think it is no secret to any fighter that jones targets fighters knees regardless if they have any injury or not. cormier will be very well aware of it. cormier will def back on his wrestling should the fight happen

  • Just-scrap-nation

    Hmm… This sounds like something Tito would pull… “I know I lost by Unanimous Decision but I was fighting on only half a leg and a fractured skull…”

    • MuayThaiFood

      Wrong, Tito was always in the best shape and had the best camp of his life going into a fight. It wasn’t until he lost that he revealed he was on dialysis and had a wooden hip joint.

  • Real World

    Cormier is a grown ass man if he’s fighting with a messed up knee – 2 ligaments!! Watch out LHW division – he IS coming for you!!