The win did not leave the double champion unscathed, as Cormier suffered a hand injury in the encounter.
“I do have a break in my knuckle, so no surgery, but it’s going to take some time,” Cormier said on The MMA Hour. “I’m in a splint, a lot of swelling right now. Hopefully that goes down soon, and I can get back to training in a little bit. I’m going to need about two months for this thing to get back to where I can start using it again in combat, but no, it won’t slow me down too much.”
Cormier recently stated that he would maybe defend the UFC Light Heavyweight Title before a potential super fight with Brock Lesnar, so a post-September title defense could happen for the injured champion.
There has been some backlash against Cormier for not defending the light heavyweight strap since UFC 220, but Cormier doesn’t see what the issues are.
“I just fought in the division in January,” Cormier said. “Like, what? Like, I don’t understand. It’s not like I’ve been gone for a year, or two years. I haven’t been gone for a long time. I fought in this division in January.”
If DC does defend both the heavyweight and light heavyweight straps, it would make him the first double champion to do so under the UFC banner.