Junior dos Santos Sidelined Following Surgery

April 28, 2016

Junior dos Santos suffered a shoulder injury in his fight with Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 86 in early April.

The former UFC heavyweight champion underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair what he told MMAFighting.com was an injured labrum and a level four injury to his rotator cuff.

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Junior dos Santos - Shoulder SurgeryPosting to his Instagram account, and loosely translated from Portuguese, dos Santos said, “Being a fighter has many demands and wears a lot on our bodies. Sometimes, even in victory, we get hurt. I could say that now would be a very difficult time, but it is exactly the opposite, I feel blessed. I hurt my shoulder a bit, but I won a great victory. I am taking great care and very, very soon, I will be 100-percent again.

“I did a quick surgery (Wednesday) morning on my shoulder. My friend and physician, Dr. Howard Gelb, who took care of me, said everything went perfectly well, so well that I am already at home relaxing.”

dos Santos told MMA Fighting on Wednesday night that he expects to be cleared to train again in 12 weeks.

His fight with Rothwell went the full five rounds, but dos Santos dominated, earning 50-45 scores from all three judges.

(Photo courtesy of Junior dos Santos)

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