It was as recent as June that UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier was facing a serious knee surgery. He had a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) tear, and a 50% tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. His LCL healed well (as LCL’s are prone to do when torn), he started feeling better when training, and decided to forgo surgical treatment. That decision preserved his opportunity to unseat champion Jon Jones at UFC 182.
As the mammoth fight between Cormier and Jon Jones approaches, there is one concern that I have for Cormier- Jones’ push kick (aka the oblique kick.) This BloodyElbow article from 2012 is an excellent technical breakdown of this technique. But one thing is crystal clear- this kick has the potential to destroy a healthy knee. The still images below show Jones delivering the oblique kick to Rampage Jackson.
Note that in two of the lower images, Jackson’s knee is in a hyperextended position. Therein lies the danger for Cormier’s damaged right knee. Or his healthy left knee for that matter. If Cormier eats enough of these kicks to his left knee, causing him to switch out of his orthodox stance and expose his right knee, the consequences could be severe.
As one interested in injury mechanics, I will be closely watching Cormier’s stance and ability to avoid or counter the oblique kick of Jon Jones. I will be live tweeting my observations during this bout and others on the January 3rd UFC 182 card. Follow me on Twitter @MMAInjury if you enjoy that kinda thing!