At first glance, it seemed as if Daniel Cormier escaped his UFC 220 Light Heavyweight title fight against Volkan Oezdemir inside TD Garden Arena in Boston, Mass., last Sat. night (Jan. 20, 2018), unscathed.
Now two days removed from defending his title, “DC” revealed he may have suffered a broken thumb — and perhaps some ligament damage — after punching “No Time” repeatedly en route to his second-round technical knockout win.
“My wrist was bothering me, my thumb. So I went and got an X-ray, then they told me I need an MRI. I was able to get one scheduled today (Jan. 22, 2018) at the time for my interview,” said Cormier on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
“I felt like my thumb was broken. I am not doctor but it is really swollen right now so the MRI will check. If it’s some ligament damage, ligaments in the wrist and the thumb could actually be worse than actually breaking it. I’m hoping that it’s nothing too bad,” he stated.
Of course, Cormier revealed after his win that he would be taking a break and probably wouldn’t return to action until this summer. If he indeed does have some severe damage in his thumb and wrist area, the time off would do him some good, anyway.
If that’s the case, then it seems Daniel only has about two or three more fights left in him given his career timetable, as he reiterated once again that he will only be competing for another year.
“I have always said at 40 it’s over. This could be the last year of my career. I say could be because we’re truly not at one year yet. Come March, I will have 12 months at max left. I’m going to be done my March 20, 2019, I won’t be fighting again. I will be done at 40 and I won’t be back. There won’t be jumping around,” he said. “There won’t be any ‘I’m done until I get the right type of fight.’ It will be over, I won’t be doing this anymore,” he concluded.
As for who he faces next, he really has no preference, but it won’t be at heavyweight as he has no interest in facing Stipe Miocic whatsoever.