Daniel Cormier took to social media on Saturday in order to apologise to Jon Jones and the UFC brass for his withdrawal from the headline bout of the promotion’s big April 23rd event in Las Vegas.
The American Kickboxing Academy product assured those effected that making the decision to pull out of UFC 197 and his highly-anticipated rematch with Jones was among the hardest he had ever made.
Towards the end of the message, Cormier also let his fans know that the injury he suffered would not necessitate a lengthy hiatus and that he was already looking forward to his next fight.
“The recovery should not take very long and I can’t wait to compete and defend my title again,” wrote the reigning light-heavyweight champion.
Quoting sources close to the fighter, a report by Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting has given a clearer indication of the time-frame for the 37-year-old California native’s return to competition.
According to the journalist, Cormier suffered “a complete middle substance rupture of the interosseous membrane from the fibula” during kickboxing training, but he will not require surgery to repair the problem. Instead he will take between 4 and 8 weeks out to allow the injury to heal.
All going well, Cormier should be octagon-ready by August or September.