The curse of International Fight Week is working overtime this year.
Cormier, who challenges Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title in UFC 226’s main event, appeared to trip to the floor hard after standing from his seat. Cormier stayed down for several seconds until gingerly rising to his feet and limping backstage with the help of UFC security. “DC” then walked out to face off with Miocic following a tense few minutes.
Video of the incident can be seen below.
Cormier’s tumble comes less than 24 hours after UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was pulled from his co-main event battle against Brian Ortega due to concussion-like symptoms that led Holloway to be transported to the emergency room twice over a span of three days.
UFC 226 takes place Saturday, July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Update: Later Thursday night, Cormier posted a statement to Instagram regarding his stumble, reassuring fans that his UFC 226 fight against Miocic is still on.