Daniel Cormier is assured his good buddy and teammate Luke Rockhold can overcome his newest harm.
Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), a former UFC and Strikeforce champion, was compelled to withdraw from a scheduled middleweight bout with Sean Strickland at UFC 268 on Nov. 6 resulting from a again harm. He claims it was too extreme to combat by means of, as he herniated a disc that forestalls him from coaching successfully.
According to Rockhold, he won’t require surgical procedure. Six weeks of bodily remedy ought to get him again to full power, Rockhold mentioned, and Cormier thinks he can do it.
Cormier, a retired two-division UFC champ and teammate of Rockhold at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., endured some again accidents of his personal throughout his preventing profession. He mentioned in comparison with him, Rockhold has much more upside by way of utterly bouncing again.
“I think he’ll fight again,” Cormier mentioned throughout this week’s episode of “DC & RC” on ESPN. “I know it’s a herniated disc, L4 and L5. As a person that’s dealt with back issues, I know how bad it can be. But I also know that Luke is young and in shape. He’s not over 40 like I was when it happened to me. I believe that he’ll be able to work himself back into fighting shape. I’m disappointed because I was excited to see him compete again and I thought this was a favorable matchup for Luke Rockhold. But I do believe we’ll see him fight again.”
Although Cormier has excessive hopes for his longtime buddy to get wholesome, he understands the again is nothing to play video games with. Cormier confused the significance of following a correct restoration course of as a result of a misstep might end in a doubtlessly career-ending setback.
“You don’t want that tingling to start going down your leg,” Cormier mentioned. “Because when that happens, you’re done. You’re crawling around your house.”