Since he only had three weeks to prepare for his UFC light heavyweight title shot, Daniel Cormier decided to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy for his bout against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
“I do hyperbaric treatment and the results have been very amazing. It's the oxygen passing through your system, you're taking more oxygen than you can able to take in,” Cormier said in Countdown to UFC 187.
The treatment, Cormier explained, allows him to recuperate from the bruises of training in a short span of time.
He noted that he had so much to work on to prepare for Johnson, who is on a three-fight win streak. “There's so much training to do that you had to condense it in so little time, you got kind of fit it in,” Cormier said.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The equipment uses a pressure chamber as a means of delivering 100% oxygen.
“It is literally double atmospheric pressure. Our added benefit for our professional athletes is that it also pressures out lactic acid, this allow our athletes to train harder, recover faster,” explained Jesse Ward, a hyperbaric technician.
Cormier stepped in for erstwhile UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the UFC 187 main event when Jones got into legal trouble.
UFC 187 is set to take place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.