Daniel Cormier Had COVID-19 Weeks Before UFC 252

Daniel Cormier has revealed that just weeks prior to UFC 252, he was stricken with COVID-19.

Cormier took on Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Regardless of the result, this was to be “DC’s” final pro MMA bout. He ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision. Cormier plans to stick to his word.

Cormier told Yahoo! Sports that he tested positive for COVID-19 six weeks before his bout with Miocic. “DC” says that OURA, the official health wearable of the UFC Performance Institute, helped him monitor his health to ensure that he was cleared to fight at UFC 252 while keeping others around him safe.

“But over the weekend, I started feeling a little sick. Things weren’t exactly … well, let me put it this way: I wasn’t sick, but I got a little tired and peaked. Monday comes, I go to practice and I spar and I worked out three times. I felt OK, but I was a little bit tired is, I guess, how I would put it. Now, let me go back for a second: The Wednesday prior, my readiness score was at 78, 79. The readiness score is what tells you how you are supposed to approach the day. When it’s low, it’s telling you to take a step back.”

UFC President Dana White has said that sports organizations will be best served to hold events inside a “bubble” during the pandemic. White believes the proper precautions have been taken by the UFC for events in both the UFC APEX and on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Cormier ends his pro MMA career with a record of 22-3, 1 NC. He hangs up his gloves having captured the UFC Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight Titles along with the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix gold. Post-fighting, Cormier is set with his role as a UFC color commentator.

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