After a brutal injury to the first female winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Julianna Pena (5-2), received a prognosis of two years before she could return to training.
The initial reports of the horrific injury were a torn ACL, MCL, LCL, hamstring and meniscus. The injury was sustained during a training session, one that has received plenty of flak from UFC president Dana White. He denounced the gym for what he believed to be irresponsibility on their part as Pena had reportedly been attacked. Instead, her coach Rick Little told MMAJunkie in a statement that the injury was the product of accident.
Fortunately, good news has been brought to us from this terrible situation as Pena has undergone a successful surgery. She was first sent to a UFC-referred surgeon. The post she made on Facebook to confirm the surgery’s success was clearly one made in good spirits.
Pena was poised to fight Jessica Andrade at UFC 171 but clearly won’t be fit to fight. She has since been replaced by Raquel Pennington who made it to the semi-finals of the TUF 18 Season as a cast-mate of Peña’s
Here is Pena’s full message, posted to her official Facebook page:
Surgery was a success! I was freaking out the whole time thinking I wasn’t going to wake up for provoking death so much, but I’m alive! I want to give a special thanks to the doctors that operated on me, particularly Dr. Kvitney, here in LA. Dana put me in the best hands for surgery; they’re confident i will make a full recovery in due time. I would to send out a huge Thank you to Dana White and the UFC for making this successful surgery a possibility. And THANK YOU to everyone who has sent me prayers and well wishes. Your guys support is so meaningful and beautiful to me. No kidding it’s the reason why I keep moving forward w my fighting career. I fight for me, but I also fight for you guys too! I want to be remembered as a skilled fighter and without my family and fans, (my friends), that wouldn’t be possible. So THANK YOU everyone who has been supporting me through this difficult time. It’s humbling and I truly appreciate it! !
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