John Dodson returns to gym, recovering from knee injury
UFC flyweight John Dodson has been inactive since an early December 2013 knee injury, when he suffered partial tears of his MCL and ACL. The injury occurred during training, and forced him to withdraw from his scheduled fight at UFC on Fox 9 vs. Scott Jorgensen.
On February 25, he Tweeted a picture of himself sparring, having apparently been cleared to return to more aggressive training.
At the time of the injury, Dodson expected an 8-10 week inactive period. He has past that point, and I expect that we will see him in the Octagon some time this spring or possibly early summer, depending on fights that may be available to him.
Watch those outside leg kicks, John.
Julianna Pena injury update
Julianna Pena suffered a nasty knee injury in late January, in which she tore her ACL, LCL, MCL and a meniscus. She is in the early phases of her knee rehab now. Later tonight, I will have a post up on BloodyElbow.com where I review her rehab based on some comments that she shared earlier this week in a radio interview.
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New Anderson Silva video- he’s already hitting pads
New video of Anderson Silva has been posted, and this time he’s hitting pads! He seems to be progressing very well with his rehab following the gruesome leg fracture that he suffered in his rematch with Chris Weidman at UFC 168.
In my most recent post on BloodyElbow.com, I take a look at the video and give a brief analysis of what is shows. You can read that article here.
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Ed Herman’s ACL Saga
Earlier, the UFC announced that Ed Herman will fight on the UFC Fight Night 40 card in May. Here are some tweets that I posted about Herman’s unfortunate ACL injury history that kept him out of action for most of 2 years beginning in 2009.
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Ed Herman fighting on #UFC FN 40 card in May.He’s had multiple ACL repairs on same knee.— Kevin Nicholson (@MMAInjury)February 21, 2014
Herman’s first ACL surg. 2009 used his hamstring tendon to replace. It failed- He said “it never felt right.” #UFC— Kevin Nicholson (@MMAInjury)February 21, 2014
Ed Herman’s 2nd ACL surg. 2010 used cadaver graft to replace. It was successful- “solid as a rock” as he puts it. #UFC— Kevin Nicholson (@MMAInjury)February 21, 2014
Rather than coming back fast after cadaver graft ACL surg, Herman took about a year for rehab. Probably the reason it was successful. #UFC— Kevin Nicholson (@MMAInjury)February 21, 2014
UFC Fight Night 36: The Injury Rewind
Tonight’s UFC Fight Night 36 card features many fighters who are returning to the Octagon after injury. I just posted an article on BloodyElbow.com reviewing some of those fighters and their injuries. Highlights include Gegard Mousasi, who is returning after his 2nd ACL reconstruction on the same knee, and Joe Proctor who returns after a year lay off with shoulder surgery.
Head over to BloodyElbow and check it out!
Liz Carmouche wants to coach vs. Cat Zingano on TUF 20
The 20th installment of The Ultimate Fighter will feature an all-female cast for the first time, and the winner will become the UFC’s first ever women’s strawweight champion. The coaches for TUF 20 have yet to be picked, and Liz Carmouche thinks she should be one of them. She is pushing hard to coach against Cat Zingano.
Bleacher Report addressed Liz’s wishes to coach earlier this month, but her Twitter campaign continued as recently as yesterday.
— LIZ CARMOUCHE (@iamgirlrilla)
But not so fast. Cat Zingano seems to have her priorities in order, and she makes it clear in her reply to Liz.
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano)
I think it is an impossibly long shot for Carmouche to coach TUF 20. She is 1-2 in her UFC career, and has lost 4 of her last 7 fights dating back to 2011.