Daniel Cormier Talks Wanting To Fight Jon Jones, Undergoing Surgery
UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier had been eyeing the proverbial apple — a fight with Brock Lesnar — before retiring from MMA. However, with Lesnar’s sudden retirement, Cormier will now defend the heavyweight title against former champion Stipe Miocic. Cormier hasn’t fought since defeating Derrick Lewis late last year, and during his appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show few hours ago, Cormier revealed the reason for the delay.
“The reason I haven’t fought, and the reason I didn’t fight in March was because I had back surgery in December”, Cormier said (via BJPenn.com). “When I was about to fight Derrick Lewis, and I was telling you guys all how I sneezed and how my back was so jacked I didn’t know what was going on… It was so bad that about a week later – two weeks later, I started having pain going down my hip. So I was like, ‘Yo, what’s going on with my hip?’ And I would travel, then right around Christmas, I went to Milwaukee for that last Fox show because I was like, ‘I have to do it, last time I’m gonna work for Fox…’ Even though my hip was botherin’ me.
“And then Cain [Velasquez] was gonna fight [Francis] Ngannou and I went in to try and help him, and I mean, I barely did anything. My back was bothering me so bad, the next morning I couldn’t even walk.
“I had a disc that was bulging out of my back and sitting on my sciatic nerve”, Daniel Cormier explained. “It was out two inches of the chamber that holds the disc in. Two inches the disc was out, I couldn’t even walk. Deron Winn actually had to carry me out of my house and into my truck to take me all around to see doctors because my wife was having to deal with my children. It was bad. I would have fought in March if I was healthy. I probably really shouldn’t have fought Derrick Lewis.”
Daniel Cormier also talked about wanting to fight Jon Jones once more, and said he would do it at light heavyweight.
“If I do stick around, that would be the fight I would do it for”, Cormier said. “It would be at 205 pounds, because I need to go and get that (title and win) back from him”.