A defeated Cormier was the victim of an accidental eye poke from Miocic in the third round of their bout. DC says that he could not see anything out of the left eye after the poke.
“I mean, look at my eye,” Cormier said after the fight (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “I couldn’t even (expletive) see the rest of the fight. I can’t see anything out of my left eye. It’s black. It is what it is. It doesn’t matter. I told Marc (Goddard) he poked me, but he said he thought it was a punch. But after the fight he said, ‘Yeah, I saw it on the replay.’ I just can’t see out of my left eye. It doesn’t matter, though. Whatever. It is what it is.”
DC was transported to the hospital after the fight to get his injured eye checked out. Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports that Cormier did suffer a torn cornea, but no surgery is needed at this time.
Daniel Cormier suffered a torn cornea last night, Cormier told me this morning. No timetable yet for recovery. Doctors said he won’t need surgery just yet but they have to monitor how it heals before knowing for sure. He was discharged from the hospital late Saturday night.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 16, 2020
Cormier retired after the loss to Miocic. He may still need surgery on the damaged eye, but it all depends on how the eye heals.
UFC 252 took place from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, August 15. Miocic defeated Cormier by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) to cap off their trilogy.