Despite suffering a serious eye injury in his last MMA match, Daniel Cormier doesn’t appear to be dealing with a long-term problem.
The ruptured cornea Cormier sustained against Stipe Miocic at UFC 252 on August 15 won’t require surgery, he announced on ESPN’s DC & Helwani Show:
“I went and saw the doctor last week, and he told me I’m probably not going to have to have surgery, just kind of rest and recover. And today it feels good, but just feels like something in there, you know when you get an eyelash and can’t get it out? It’s just right in the corner.”
“It was concerning initially, because they didn’t know how severe the impact was going to be going forward. They didn’t know if I was going to have to have surgery and do all these other things. Luckily I was able to recover, and I feel better, and I prefer not to have surgery.”
After losing to Miocic by unanimous decision, Cormier added that he is already making plans for his post-retirement life: “Yeah, it’s over. And I’m not sad about it. I’m going to miss it, I’m going to miss the training camps, I’m going to miss the fights, there’s nothing like a fight week, but you have to understand when it’s your time. I feel it’s time.”
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During the third round of their battle, Miocic unintentionally hit Cormier in the left eye.
According to Brent Brookhouse of CBS Sports, he said, “I can’t see anything out of my left eye. It doesn’t matter. I just can’t see out of my left eye.”
Prior to the bout, the 41-year-old was sure that it would be his final contest. He admitted to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani in June that “I would not be goaded into fighting again after this. I’m going to ride off into the sunset.”
Despite the fact that the outcome wasn’t what Cormier had hoped for, he still leaves the history of mixed martial arts as one of the most decorated warriors. ESPN MMA posted an official tweet in which you can see the eye poke that Daniel Cormier says caused him to lose vision in his left eye.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 16, 2020
The 11-year MMA veteran, who concluded his career with a record of 22-3 and one no-contest, is one of only seven athletes in UFC history to have won titles in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.
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