Cormier: UFC Said to Ignore Lee’s Staph

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier joined up with Joe Rogan and Jon Anik for commentary last weekend for the UFC 216 pay-per-view event, headlined by Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee fighting for the UFC interim lightweight title. During the bout, Rogan pointed out a noticeable red bump on Lee chest and speculated if it was staph infection.

Following the bout, Lee confirmed in the post-fight interview that he was indeed suffering from a staph infection. But according to Cormier on a recent episode of the Talk & Talker podcast, he and his team were told to not mention the infection at all.

“So we’re on air, right, and Rogan goes ‘is that staph?’ And somebody in my ear, I don’t know who it is goes ‘don’t say nothing.’ And I was like ‘What the hell? Do I address this, or do I not say anything?’ So I was like ‘it is.’ I couldn’t help myself, I go ‘it is staph.’ Because it’s big and red, and raised up.”

Cormier mentioned that he feels that may have played a role in Lee’s performance against Ferguson. Lee lost the bout via third-round submission.

“The issue is you can take antibiotics to get better. But again, antibiotics, it’s the devil when you’re getting ready for a fight because it [expletive] with your cardio. You don’t really have much of an option in terms of feeling better when you have staph. In training, you go ‘oh my goodness, what is this? It might me staph.’ You stop, you get on antibiotics, and you get better. When you’re a week from the biggest fight of your career, you go ‘oh shit, this is staph, but I gotta keep training.’ You don’t have the option to just shut it down.”

Original Story: Bloody Elbow

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