UFC on FOX 11: Thiago Alves’ comeback, and those leg kicks!

The UFC on FOX 11 card featured some great finishes. My interest, however, was fixed upon the welterweight bout between Thiago Alves and Seth Baczynski, seen on the preliminary card on FOX Sports 1. Alves earned the unanimous decision win. 

Alves returned to the Octagon for the first time since March of 2012, when he suffered a submission loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FOX 2. Since that fight, Alves has had four surgeries. The list of injuries he has suffered is impressive.

  • Torn biceps 
  • Torn ACL
  • Torn PCL
  • Torn pectoral muscle

But before this series of injuries and surgeries, Thiago underwent a surgery that, to my recollection, no other active UFC fighter has had- brain surgery. In 2010, an MRI revealed an arterial/venous malformation in his brain. The surgery to repair that was uncomplicated, and he soon returned to training. Alves enlisted the help of Mike Dolce for a nutrition and weight cutting strategy. 

In his fight against Baczynski, Thiago displayed a barrage of brutal leg kicks complimented by some fine punches. His timing with the kicks was spot on. He looked as if he had been fighting regularly. This is a testament to the training and rehab that he had after each of his injuries. 

So, who’s next for Thiago Alves? Leave your comments here. And hit me up on Twitter @MMAInjury! 

Brett Roberts comments on the Affordable Care Act

Brett Roberts of BAMMA USA was on MMAJunkie radio yesterday, and commented on how the Affordable Care Act was affecting his MMA business.

"Insurance went up 30% this year in California because of the affordable care act that’s just screwing us left and right as promotions."

MMA Injury update: Cain Velasquez shoulder surgery

UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez recently gave an update on his progress since left shoulder surgery last December. The surgery was to repair a torn labrum, and it was his second shoulder surgery.

Labrum tears have the potential to alter the stability of the shoulder, which has obvious negative implications for an MMA athlete.

On his rehabilitation progress, Cain notes “I’m toward the end of my rehab now. More so starting to try to get that strength back instead of the motion. Still can’t train yet, hopefully pretty soon the doctor will clear me to start doing some stuff.”

You can see the video of this interview on my post that’s up today at BloodyElbow.com.

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.

Miriam Nakamoto continues her rehab from ACL surgery. She tore her ACL in her fight at Invicta FC 7. Looks like she has regained full knee flexion based on this  picture she recently posted. 

https://twitter.com/MiriamNakamoto/status/442218978430042112

She had a patella tendon autograft for her ACL reconstruction. She expects to be out for about 1 year. I think she will make a successful return. This is her second ACL surgery- one on each knee.

Miriam Nakamoto continues her rehab from ACL surgery. She tore her ACL in her fight at Invicta FC 7. Looks like she has regained full knee flexion based on this picture she recently posted.

https://twitter.com/MiriamNakamoto/status/442218978430042112

She had a patella tendon autograft for her ACL reconstruction. She expects to be out for about 1 year. I think she will make a successful return. This is her second ACL surgery- one on each knee.

UFC featherweight sensation Conor McGregor continues his rehabilitation from ACL surgery. In early February he posted a pic of himself engaged in a component of his rehab regimen. There are three things that I notice in this photo.
1. Most obvious is that he is standing on an unstable surface.
2. He appears to be squatting.
3. The green band around his lower thighs.
This is a complex, but excellent exercise that addresses the goals of strength and balance after ACL surgery. The unstable surface requires that Conor maintain his balance, while simultaneously he is performing a squat. No easy feat to be sure.
However, the added component of the green band makes this exercise even better. The band provides resistance to the hip abductor muscles- the ones on the outside of the hip. These muscles function to move the leg outward. The hip abductor muscles are critically important in controlling valgus (inward) stress on the knee. Undue valgus stress on the knee during jumping and landing could re-injure the ACL.
It appears that Conor is progressing well with his rehab. He injured his knee in his last fight at UFC Fight Night 26 on August 17, 2013

UFC featherweight sensation Conor McGregor continues his rehabilitation from ACL surgery. In early February he posted a pic of himself engaged in a component of his rehab regimen. There are three things that I notice in this photo.

1. Most obvious is that he is standing on an unstable surface.

2. He appears to be squatting.

3. The green band around his lower thighs.

This is a complex, but excellent exercise that addresses the goals of strength and balance after ACL surgery. The unstable surface requires that Conor maintain his balance, while simultaneously he is performing a squat. No easy feat to be sure.

However, the added component of the green band makes this exercise even better. The band provides resistance to the hip abductor muscles- the ones on the outside of the hip. These muscles function to move the leg outward. The hip abductor muscles are critically important in controlling valgus (inward) stress on the knee. Undue valgus stress on the knee during jumping and landing could re-injure the ACL.

It appears that Conor is progressing well with his rehab. He injured his knee in his last fight at UFC Fight Night 26 on August 17, 2013

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.

Watch for the article, and please follow me on twitter @MMAInjury!

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.

Please follow me on Twitter (@MMAInjury)- I like posting this kind of stuff!

Second round of the Ildemar Alcantara - Albert Tumenov fight just ended, and here is what Tumenov’s face looked like after eating big elbows from Alcantara.

Second round of the Ildemar Alcantara - Albert Tumenov fight just ended, and here is what Tumenov’s face looked like after eating big elbows from Alcantara.