Ricardo Almeida Chooses Rehab Over Surgery

In early October, MMAWeekly.com learned that jiu-jitsu ace and UFC middleweight Ricardo Almeida was scratched from UFC 90 with an undisclosed injury. The Brazilian was scheduled to face Dan Miller.

Since then, Almeida has been diagnosed with a Sports Hernia, an injury often seen in athletes. It occurs when the muscles of the lower abdominal wall weaken, causing pain and discomfort during physical activity.

Almeida had two choices: surgery, which might or might not have cured the ailment, and rehabilitation, which promised to be an arduous process.

In an email to MMAInsider, Almeida says he has chosen to rehabilitate the injury.

“Very often even with surgical procedure pain and discomfort still remain,” Almeida wrote. “I have been slowly but surely working my way back to be able to do almost everything I was doing before and plan on resume full time training after the holidays.”

“I am working closely with my strength and conditioning coach Martin Rooney and we have been planning some modifications in my training regimen in order to initially strengthen the lower abdomen and groin area and avoid any further injuries as my training intensity picks up.”

Almeida said the UFC has been very supportive of him during the difficult time. He expects to return to competition in March or April.