Wrestling standout and UFC middleweight Mike Massenzio will undergo surgery in the coming weeks to repair several bulging discs in his neck. Massenzio’s manager confirmed the news to MMAInsider on Wednesday.
Massenzio suffers from “stingers,” a shooting pain in the neck and arms that often occur in wrestlers. During the surgery, he will have several of his neck vertebrae fused to alleviate the pinched nerves in his spine.
Massenzio’s bandaged knee was on display during his UFC 91 fight against former wrestling opponent CB Dollaway. Massenzio lost in the first round when Dollaway took his back and landed several unanswered shots.
The manager said Massenzio’s had a torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and a tear in his meniscus going into the fight. Massenzio underwent knee surgery the following week.
Massenzio will need around six months to recover from the injuries.
“He’s in good spirits,” said the manager. “We’re hoping they give us someone tough when he comes back.”