Daniel Cormier Claims he Was Told Not to Discuss Kevin Lee’s Staph Infection During UFC 216
By FCF Staff
The fallout from the news that Kevin Lee competed at UFC 216 with a staph infection continues, as now Daniel Cormier’s claiming a UFC employee, told him not to address the infection during the broadcast.
Following Lee’s submission loss to Tony Ferguson at the event, the lightweight contender confirmed that he had been battling a staph infection, leading up to the card. Since then, there’s been a lot of discussion as to how Lee was allowed to compete, since the staph infection was clearly visible on his chest.
“So we’re on air, right, and Rogan goes ‘is that staph?’” Cormier said. “And somebody in my ear, I don’t know who it is goes ‘don’t say nothing.’ And 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.”
“The issue is you can take antibiotics to get better. But again, antibiotics, it’s the devil when you’re getting ready for a fight because it f—ks with your cardio,” Cormier added. “You don’t really have much of an option in terms of feeling better when you have staph.”
Lee also struggled to make weight for the fight, and needed an extra hour to cut down to 155 pounds.