Cormier suffered 50% ACL tear, surgery undecided

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
More on DC's knee: he tells me he's missing 50% of his ACL and suffered a significant tear in LCL, yet dr not saying he 100% needs surgery.

Undefeated MMA fighter and former captain of the US Olympic wrestling team Daniel Cormier, 35, suffered a knee injury in training that nearly derailed his fight with Dan Henderson.

On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight Ariel Helwani related that Cormier recently got the results back from an MRI and that he suffered a 50% tear of his anterior cruciate ligament and a significant tear of his lateral cruciate ligament.

His physician has said the ultimate decision on surgery was up to Cormier. The fighter has not made a decision to continue training through the injury as he did in the case of Henderson, or if he elects to have surgery.

Cormier is expected to get a title fight against the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, which takes place on Sept. 27.



Daniel Cormier still isn't sure if he's going to get knee surgery.

The undefeated light heavyweight contender has gone back and forth on whether to get the procedure since he suffered a lateral collateral ligament injury in training for his UFC 173 victory over Dan Henderson.'s Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Cormier recently got an MRI done on the injured knee, and he recently got the results: There's a significant tear in his LCL and his anterior cruciate ligament is 50 percent missing.

That's not an uncommon situation for competitors like the 35-year-old Cormier, who has spent a lifetime as an elite wrestler.

The 15-0 Cormier, who is expected to meet the winner of the Jon Jones-Alexander Gustafsson light heavyweight title rematch on Sept. 27, was told that the final call on surgery is up to him. He has yet to decide whether to follow through with the surgery or to keep competing with the knee as it is.