Recent reports have indicated that UFC Welterweight Jake Ellenberger (29-7) will be sidelined for six to eight weeks due to a hamstring injury.
Here are his own words via FOX Sports:
“Yeah, it’s been a rough week. It was a hamstring injury, just one of those things,” Ellenberger told FOX Sports on Friday. “I’ve never pulled out of a fight before, usually I’m the one taking fights on short notice, but this was one of those times where I just had to do it.”
Fortunately for the twenty-eight year old Nebraskan, his injury will have no permanent effects and is not severe enough to require surgery; he just needs to give it some time to heal.
According to WebMD, the hamstring is, “…a group of three muscles that run along the back of your thigh. They allow you to bend your leg at the knee.” Injuring the hamstring can be quite painful and hinder full utilization of the leg. Luckily for Ellenberger, his injury is most probably just a strain. Had it been a tear, he would have had to undergone surgery in order for it to fully heal.
Ellenberger made his UFC debut in 2009 when he lost a razor thin split decision against Carlos Condit. Since then, he’s won eight of his last ten bouts, only losing to Martin Kampmann and Rory MacDonald. He is widely considered to be one of the top welterweights in the world and plans to have an active year in 2014.