Former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit will have to have surgery on his damaged right knee in the upcoming weeks.
Condit tore his ACL and partially tore his meniscus in his second round TKO loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 171. The news of the injury was confirmed by Condit’s coach Greg Jackson and first reported by Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.
“We’re still uncertain how long he will be out and how much recovery time will be required,” Condit’s manager Malki Kawa told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. “We’re going to make sure that Carlos gets the best care and we’ve been working closely with the UFC on scheduling the surgery.”
Surgery results for torn ACLs are usually very positive. The surgery has become so popular among athletes, surgeons have perfected the techniques to avoid any possible error.
While the actual surgery will be a success, recovery is a much more difficult obstacle. Recovery from a torn ACL usually varies between 6 and 9 months, but an athlete’s mental state and ability to regain explosiveness may never return to normal.
Georges St. Pierre tore his ACL in December of 2011 while training for his UFC 143 bout opposite Nick Diaz. It took St. Pierre nearly a year to return to action, but much of the explosiveness and dominance of St. Pierre had vanished.
Even with the deck stacked against them, Condit and Kawa fully believe that “The Natural Born Killer” will return to his usual form once his recovery is over.
“Carlos is a fighter and it hurts not to be able to fight for a while, but he’s in great spirits and he’s looking forward to having the surgery and then working as hard as possible on his rehab,” Kawa said. “He loves to fight and he loves to compete and he’s going to miss that while he’s out. But he is optimistic he’ll be as good as ever and is looking forward to getting back to doing what he does best, fighting.”
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