Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has a torn right adductor muscle near his groin and he’s still debating whether or not to undergo surgery.
The injury canceled his scheduled title defense at next month’s UFC 206 pay-per-view against Anthony Johnson and it could require a lengthy absence from the octagon.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Cormier said doctors have given him three options - rest, get platelet-rich plasma injections or have surgery.
Rest would require five months off, while platelet-rich plasma injections could get him back sooner. Surgery would likely require a multi-month layoff for recovery.
Cormier (18-1) told Helwani he would like to face Anthony Johnson for the belt in either February or March and then face Ryan Bader before July. However, all of that depends on his injury situation.
UFC 206 will now be headlined by Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis for the UFC interim featherweight championship. That show will take place on Dec. 10, 2016 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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You can read more about Helwani’s discussion with Cormier at this link.