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Rafael dos Anjos Sidelined With Partially Torn MCL Following Championship Win

Kelsey Mowatt

Rafael dos Anjos

Shortly after UFC 185, Rafael dos Anjos revealed he had defeated Anthony Pettis despite having an injured knee, and now details have emerged as to how serious the injury is.

Dos Anjos dropped jaws around the MMA world last weekend, by working his way to a clear cut, UD victory over Pettis. Then, he surprised fans again, by relaying that he had injured his knee a few weeks prior to his championship victory. At the time, dos Anjos said he didn’t think he would require surgery, but he wouldn’t know more until he met with his doctors.

Well, in the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, correspondent Ariel Helwani reported the following (comment via FOX Sports 1 press release):

“dos Anjos is a little banged up from the fight against Pettis at UFC 185. He had his MRI on his knee and has a partially torn MCL and is out for three months. He doesn’t need surgery on it, but does need surgery on his nose and will have it next week.”

So, that’s good news for the champ and his growing legion of fans. Considering Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone will have their title shot eliminator on May 23rd at UFC 187, one would think that dos Anjos could have his first title defence in say September or October.

As many likely expected, Pettis did not escape the March 14th bout unscathed, as Helwani also reported the following:

“Pettis did break his orbital bone. He couldn’t leave Dallas until yesterday. He’s out for six weeks, but he’s anxious to get back in there as soon as possible.”

Dos Anjos planted a big left hand early onto in the main event, and immediately afterwards, it was clear Pettis was having some difficulties with his right eye. Then, after the bout, the dynamic striker admitted that it was giving him problems throughout the night.

While it’s unfortunate that Pettis incurred that damage, the good news is he won’t be sidelined long. Now it will be interesting to see who they match “Showtime” up next. How about Michael Johnson?

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