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Daniel Cormier Will Wait To Have Knee Surgery For A Wrestling Match

Andrew Ravens

Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier is going to need knee surgery, he is not going to be fighting for a title this year and is expected to fight for the title in 2015.

After news broke that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) would not be fighting Daniel Cormier, but instead fighting Alexander Gustafsson (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) on Sept. 27 at UFC 178.

Cormier made the decision to go ahead and get the surgery. Well, not so much as he will be fighting one more time. It will not be a MMA event, but rather a wrestling match.

Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” Up first, though, Cormier will meet fellow amateur wrestling standout Chris Pendleton in an exhibition bout on July 5.

This fight will happen as a part of the UFC International Fight Week festivities in Las Vegas that accompany UFC 175 on July 5 and The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6.

Daniel Cormier (15-0) has six knockouts, four submissions and five decision victories in his MMA career. In his last five fights he has beaten the top names that MMA has to offer. He beat Josh Barnett via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Barnett vs. Cormier on May / 19 / 2012 and Dion Staring via TKO at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013. He made his UFC return against Frank Mir and won the fight via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. He then beat Roy Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013 and in his last fight prior to UFC 173, he knocked out Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014. He is coming off a win over Dan Henderson at UFC 173 in May.

Cormier has a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) tear and malformed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), was detected prior to a UFC 173 victory over Dan Henderson.


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