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Top 5 most injury prone athletes in the UFC

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We all know in the fight game injuries can occur. For some of the UFC’s top athletes they can occur more frequently than others. Here we look at some of the stars who have been plagued by injuries.

1) Dominick Cruz – A truly unfortunate case for Dominick Cruz who has notched up superb wins over Urijah Faber and Demetrious Johnson. The former bantamweight champion was scheduled for a rematch with Faber at UFC 148 however Cruz pulled out after tearing his ACL. On December 3, 2012 it was revealed that Cruz underwent another ACL surgery after his body rejected one from a cadaver, with an expected recovery time of six to nine months. He was expected to return in February 2014 against Renan Bararo but withdrew to a torn groin and vacated his bantamweight belt. After nearly three years away from the sport due to injuries, Cruz returned to the octagon on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178 where he faced Takeya Mizugaki, Cruz won the fight by KO in the first round. However in December 2014 Cruz tore his ACL in his other knee keeping him out for much of 2015. We wish the former champion a speedy recovery as he truly is an exceptional talent.

2) Anthony Pettis – Former UFC lightweight champion and currently #1 ranked in the lightweight division Pettis is arguably one of the most talented fighters in the organisation. However the former champion has accumulated a lot of injuries over the years going back to 2012 after a sensational knockout win over Joe Lauzon at UFC 144 Pettis spent the remainder of the year sidelined with a serious shoulder injury. Pettis next injury came just before a fight with Jose Aldo in August 2013 but he had to withdraw due a serious knee injury. A reoccurrence of Pettis knee injury happened just before a fight with Josh Thompson and he was forced to withdraw. Most recently Pettis was forced to withdraw from a fight with Myles Jury in July of this year due to another undisclosed injury. We all hope the former champion can stay injury free in the future as well all know what special talent he is.

3) Rashad Evans – Winner of The Ulitimate Fighter 2 and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans injury problems didn’t start to occur until 2011 when he was training to fight Mauricio Rua for the UFC light heavyweight title when he injured his knee in training and was replaced by Jon Jones. Evans was then set to fight Jones at UFC 140 but Evans withdrew with a thumb injury costing him another title shot. Fast forward to February 2014 and a fight with Daniel Cormier was scheduled for UFC 170 however Evans was forced out of the fight with a leg injury. Evans announced in February of this year he would be sidelined for 6 months after undergoing knee surgery. Evans makes his highly anticipated return this October against Ryan Bader at UFC 192. We all hope the former champion can stay injury free and go on a run to another title shot.

4) Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Nogueria’s first battle with injuries came back at UFC 109 when he withdrew from a fight with Brandon Vera due to fractured ankle sustained while training. Nogueira was scheduled to fight Rich Franklin at UFC 133 but pulled out of the fight citing a shoulder injury. On April 14th 2012 a fight between Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson was expected but Nogueira withdrew a month before the fight with a knee injury. Nogueira was expected to face Mauricio Rua at UFC 161 however he pulled out just days before the event with a back injury. A rescheduled fight with Alexander Gustafsson was arranged on March 8th 2014 however Nogueria pulled out with a reoccurring back injury. A consistent run of fights could see Nogueria climb the ranks of the light heavyweight division.

5) Cain Velasquez – 2 time former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez first major injury in the UFC came when he superbly defeated Brock Lesnar. During the fight Velasquez suffered a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder keeping him sidelined for over 6 months. On April 29th 2014 the UFC announced Velasquez was set to fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 however Velasquez was forced to pull out of the fight due to a torn meniscus and sprained MCL in his right knee. Velasquez is set to fight Fabricio Werdum with a date and venue yet to be announced.

Injuries are expected in the fight business but we would love to see all the above stay injury free as they are all exceptional fighters and bring so much excitement to the sport we all love.

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Darren Stewart Among Changes made to UFC Winnipeg

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December 16th, the UFC will touch down in the cold Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The third Canadian event for the promotion this year, lost its main event in the second week of November, Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas, when Aldo, replaced Frankie Edgar at last weekends pay-per-view event, UFC 218. Fortunately, Josh Emmett was booked last week, to replace Aldo. The former featherweight champion is not the only one whom won’t make the walk in Canada.

Several fighters on the card have been forced to withdraw. The UFC announced changes to card yesterday releasing an article, indicating the replacements. Justin Scoggins withdrew due to a spinal injury, otherwise known as, spinal process fracture.

According to the Winchester Hospital website, most of these injuries heal without long-term damage.

Replacing the injured Scoggins, the undefeated British prospect, Pietro Menga. “Pitbull” compiled a 13-0 record before signing with the UFC. Seven, by way of submission. The British newcomer will face Tim Elliot at flyweight. Elliot, winner of TUF 24: Tournament of Champions, has had a bitter-sweet return to the UFC. With a record of 1-2 since his return, he looks to put on a dominating performance in order to find his way back into title contention.

The other Brit to posthumously join the Winnipeg card, Darren Stewart. Stewart replaces Vitor Miranda, to fight Julian Marquez in the middleweight division, the news was originally announced by MMA Today’s Nolan King.

After entering the UFC with an undefeated record, Stewart has gone winless in his three bouts with the promotion. Twice he fought Francimar Barroso, winning their first match-up, only to have the decision overturned by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) for an inadvertent headbutt.

His opponent, Julian Marquez, found his way to the UFC roster through, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Marquez, knocked out his opponent, Phil Hawes, in the second round. Nicknamed, “the Cuban Missile Crisis”,  he dominated his opponent, taking him down twice in the round before cleanly landing a head kick as Hawes, stood up against the fence.

The final change to the card comes in the welterweight division. Oddly enough, the opponents of both, Danny Roberts and Nordine Taleb, withdrew. Roberts and Taleb instead, will fight each other, as reported by Nolan King as well.

Hopefully, Canada’s final UFC event of the year proceeds with its twelve scheduled bouts. UFC Winnipeg takes place at the Bell MTS Place, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 16th. The card features, Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael Dos Anjos, in the main event, elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on fan favorite Mike Perry.

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Sijara Eubanks out of TUF 26 Finale, Roxanne Modafferi steps in on short notice

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Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)  is out of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion finale. In her absence the UFC has announced that #1 ranked TUF 26 semifinalist, Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be stepping up to fight Nicco Montano for the inaugural women’s flyweight championship.

Modafferi lost to Eubanks in the very last episode of TUF, she was then set to fight fellow castmember Barb Honchak in the finale that takes place on December 1. Early Thursday afternoon, Sijara has forced to pull out of the fight giving Roxanne the opportunity to fight for the championship against Nicco Montano

UFC released an official statement about the change courtesy of MMA Junkie “Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”

Honchak will now likely be facing TUF 26 alternate Lauren Murphy on December 2. Murphy lost her opponent Priscila Cachoeira after Cachoeira failed to get a visa for the fight.

Eubanks has taken to her personal Instagram to put out a statement to her fans. In the post, she writes, “First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately, there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.
Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC.
God is good and I am truly blessed.”

The entire fight card to date is as follows:

  • Roxanne Modaferri vs Nicco Montano
  • Emily Whitmire vs Gillian Robertson
  • Barb Honchak vs Lauren Murphy
  • Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson
  • DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian
  • Rachael Ostovich vs Karine Gevorgyan
  • Montana De La Rosa vs Christina Marks
  • Sean O’Malley vs Terrion Ware
  • Eric Spicely vs Gerald Meerschaert
  •  Joe Soto vs Brett Johns

The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale “A Champion Will Be Crowned” is still set to take place Dec.1st at The Park Theater, Paradise Nevada.

 

 

 

 

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James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury

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Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016.  James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.

After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.

Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.

Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”

His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.

 

 

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