Daniel Cormier Refuses Knee Surgery Until After Fight With Jon Jones; Uses Kobe Bryant Recovery As Example

Although Jon Jones’ injury has bought him enough time to go under the knife, light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier has opted against surgery in advance of his title shot.

“I’m an old-school wrestling guy – put some tape on it, and let’s go to work,” Cormier (4-0 UFC) told USA Today yesterday.

Cormier will now have five months to prepare for his showdown with Jones (14-1) but says that he will be fine with just taping his knee.

“I’ve got a great doctor, and he makes everything accessible to me, so we’re going to look at some other things, like (platelet-rich plasma) therapy,” he said. “We may go overseas and do some stem-cell (therapy). There’s a whole bunch of options.”

Cormier said that he studied Kobe Bryant’s recovery form an Achilles’ tendon rupture as a litmus test for his own healing.

“Kobe was OK in a matter of months,” Cormier said. “He was able to start the season after people thought that his age, he would be out much, much longer.”

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