This is the kind of thing that makes you wonder if the UFC is looking out for fighter’s safety.
Daniel Cormier has confirmed that he was told to not mention Kevin Lee’s staph infection during the UFC 216 broadcast by “a voice in my ear.” He recently appeared on the Talk and Talker Podcast and discussed the incident. When Joe Rogan mentioned on air that Lee could be suffering from staph, Daniel said the following.
So we’re on air, right, and Rogan goes ‘is that staph? Somebody in my ear, I don’t know who it is goes ‘don’t say nothing.’ I was like ‘What the hell? Do I address this, or do I not say anything? So I was like ‘it is.’ I couldn’t help myself, I go ‘it is staph.’ Because it’s big and red, and raised up.”
Cormier went on to address the role antibiotics can play during training for a fight. You can’t just shut down your camp when you’re that close to a fight and deal with the problem.
“The issue is you can take antibiotics to get better. Antibiotics, it’s the devil when you’re getting ready for a fight because it f—ks with your cardio, you don’t really have much of an option in terms of feeling better when you have staph. In training, you go ‘oh my goodness, what is this? It might me staph.’ You stop, you get on antibiotics, and you get better. When you’re a week from the biggest fight of your career, you go ‘oh shit, this is staph, but I gotta keep training. You don’t have the option to just shut it down.”
Other fighters have fought with Staph Infections.
Fighting with staph is something that shouldn’t happen. When you are under a doctor’s care, and they are already monitoring you do to a weight cutting issue, they should have noticed the staph infection and not allowed Lee to fight. However, Lee is not the only fighter to have stepped into the Octagon while dealing with the dangerous infection. Cormier spoke of a story involving friend and teammate Luke Rockhold.
“Even Luke Rockhold, when he fought Chris Weidman a while back, he had staph. He took the antibiotics, and by the third round, he was completely gassed. We’re just lucky he got him out of there in the fourth, because he was completely done because of the antibiotics.”
Cormier said the infection obviously affected his performance.
“For Kevin Lee, he had no option because he couldn’t not fight. And you saw it, I mean between the second and third round. He told his corner, he goes ‘I’m just so tired.’”