It turns out that Daniel Cormier had COVID-19 just six weeks before his retirement fight at UFC 252.
Stipe Miocic defeated Cormier at the UFC 252 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX on ESPN+ as Stipe won it by decision to successfully retain the heavyweight title.
Yahoo Sports has an article up about Cormier using an Oura Ring, which looks at various health aspects of a person. This is where he revealed that he learned that a teammate tested positive for COVID-19 just six weeks before the fight.
Everybody at the gym got tested and results came back negative. Cormier started to feel poorly with fatigue a few days later on July 3rd and found out he had COVID-19.
Daniel Cormier Reveals He Had COVID-19
“But over the weekend, I started feeling a little sick,” Cormier said. “Things weren’t exactly … well, let me put it this way: I wasn’t sick, but I got a little tired and peaked. Monday comes, I go to practice and I spar and I worked out three times. I felt OK, but I was a little bit tired is, I guess, how I would put it. Now, let me go back for a second: The Wednesday prior, my readiness score was at 78, 79. The readiness score is what tells you how you are supposed to approach the day. When it’s low, it’s telling you to take a step back.
“I’ve been using it for months now because my body needs to know if I’m going in the right direction. … On Monday night, Tuesday morning, I wasn’t feeling so good. My resting heart rate had been 50 beats a minute. Now it was at 57. My body temperature had changed.”
“The ring didn’t tell me I had COVID,” Cormier said. “But the ring told me that something wasn’t right, and I used the information to make a decision to go see the doctor. I found out then that I had COVID, but the information I got from the ring allowed me to make the fight.
“This is not an excuse at all. Miocic won the fight and he fought beautifully. This is a thank you almost to Oura for allowing me to get to the fight. I might have just kept pushing and not known I had it. But I was able to take care of myself properly and then get back into training and compete for the heavyweight championship of the world. Without the ring, I don’t think that’s possible.”