Cormier: Injured Hand Won’t Be Fully Healed For UFC 230
Daniel Cormier will still come to UFC 230 to defend his UFC heavyweight title, but he won’t be at 100 percent.
Cormier has made it no secret that he has an injured right hand that came as a result of his UFC 226 win over Stipe Miocic to win the heavyweight title. Despite this, Cormier was booked to headline UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, where he will face Derrick Lewis on short notice.
The current heavyweight champion appeared on the MMA Hour and spoke on how the deal was made and if he feels healthy enough to compete.
“Man, I always wanted to compete, but I was hurt and I kinda set my sights on just waiting for Brock. Then the UFC called me and asked me. That’s generally how it goes, but this time they said, ‘Can you fight in a few weeks?’ And I was like, ‘Well, honestly, I’m not ready to fight right now, but I could see where I stand. I could see if there’s any chance that I could get in a fight.’ They said Derrick Lewis. I said, ‘Okay, let me go see if my hand will hold up when I punch something. If it does, then yeah, I’ll go fight,’” Cormier said.
As far as the status of his injured hand heading to the fight, Cormier said it’s good enough to be in fighting form, but not 100 percent.
“It’s good enough to fight. It’s not 100 percent, I’m going to be honest. My fist is closing but not all the way. It feels like now I have like a badly jammed finger. Like, it feels like my finger’s just jammed really badly right now.”
Lewis, however, will likely also not be at 100 percent come fight time. Lewis just fought on UFC 229 on October 6, when he knocked out Alexander Volkov. After the fight, Lewis was asked if he feels ready for a title shot, to which Lewis responded by saying no because he still needs to work on his cardio. Now Lewis will also competing at UFC 230 on short notice.
Despite this, Cormier expects Lewis to come at him hard and looking to end the fight as soon as possible.
“I expect him to come hard, very fast, to try to knock me out,” Cormier said. “I think Derrick understands that he has to win this fight quickly, and his best course to victory is to come out there and try to get this fight finished quick, because over 25 minutes, no one’s shown the ability to go with me that long except for Jones. So, I don’t think that Derrick would see himself in that light, but he needs to go this done quick if he’s going to win this fight.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting