Daniel Cormier has revealed that he tore his right adductor muscle and is hoping to make his comeback in February or March.
The UFC light heavyweight champion was forced to pull out of his title fight with Anthony Johnson at UFC 206 on December 10, and he is now considering his options, which included going for surgery.
Cormier, though, insists that going under the knife is the last option for him as he could also rest and recuperate or get platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Just resting will take him five months to recover, while the PRP injections will see him return faster. Should he end up opting for surgery, Cormier revealed that he could be back in the gym within two months.
"I don't know, man," Cormier said on The MMA Hour. "It's a weird deal, because I always try not to have surgery. That's kind of my thing. I do whatever I can to not go under the knife. I've got some decisions to make."
Cormier brought to light the fact that his right leg hasn’t been feeling right in the last few weeks and as a result, he was preparing for his fight with Johnson by only focusing on his boxing.
Last Tuesday, the 37-year-old was unable to run and he subsequently had concerns about making weight. Due to this, he called UFC president Dana White and told him that he would be pulling out of the bout.
When asked how White responded, Cormier said: "I got no backlash. I got nothing."
Cormier has since spoken to UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz as he sustained a similar injury a few years ago. However, his goal remains the same, to step back in the Octagon as soon as possible.
"I told [the doctor] I would like the fastest way back to the Octagon," Cormier said.
Cormier has withdrawn from numerous bouts during his career, but he says that comes with the territory of being an MMA fighter.
"I feel if I don't prepare in the ways I've always prepared in, I don't know if I'll be able to compete to the best of my ability," he said. "It sucks."