Category Archives: Injuries

Bantamweight Champ, Dominick Cruz, Tore his ACL and Must Withdrawal from UFC 148 Fight against Urijah Faber

That’s correct, Dominick Cruz has torn his ACL and can not compete against, opposing TUF 15 coach, Urijah Faber for the Bantamweight title, at UFC 148 on Jul 7, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dana White confirmed the injury, via Twitter, when he wrote, “It’s true Cruz blew his ACL. Stay tuned for more info,”

This event was scheduled to be a co-main event at UFC 148 which is still headed by Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen.  Cruz and Faber are no strangers to each other in the octagon.  Faber and Cruz first met, in competition, at WEC 26 where Faber submitted Cruz by way of guillotine choke in the first round.  The two met again at UFC 133 where Cruz successfully defended his title by way of decision.

Many unanswered questions loom over the injury, which could likely take 9 months or more to recover from.  While we all wish Cruz a speedy recovery, what should happen to the Bantamweight title until his return?  It looks likely that another interim champ will take the stage.

‘Rampage’ Jackson Vs Shogun Rua in Jackson’s Last UFC Fight

This past week has had a lot of news centered around UFC fighter ‘Rampage’ Jackson (32-10-0).  Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson made headlines when he publicly announced his wishes to leave the UFC organization if they believed him to have lost his appeal.  In an interview, with Bas Reuten on HDNet this past Monday, Rampage had this to say:

I don’t want to fight for the UFC anymore. Fans don’t understand. They think just because I make a lot of money that I should be happy because I’ve got a nice house. But I’ve always stated that I fight for money because that’s my career,” Rampage stated. “The thing is, the UFC knew I was injured [training for UFC 144], and they knew I still fought for them. Honestly, I feel like if I didn’t fight on that card in Japan I don’t think the appeal would have been as big. I feel like if I would have pulled out with an injury, I don’t think they would have done as well in Japan as they did.

The always colorful ‘Rampage’ Jackson went to discuss his match up with Ryan Bader (14-2-0), at UFC 144.  On the topic of Bader Jackson had this to say:

I didn’t like the opponent that they were giving me. I think Joe Silva needs to be slapped in the face. I’m sorry, but if you’ve got a fighter like me who likes to go out and put on fights, why are you gonna give me wrestlers who are gonna take me down and hump me?  I think that the UFC should say thank you to Rampage. This is my first time ever not making weight. They could tell that something was wrong. In my whole career I’ve always been respectful to everybody and made weight,” Jackson said. “Why would I want to give 20 percent of my purse for not making weight?

Rampage continued the interview revealing that he was starting Testosterone Replacement Therapy to battle a doctor diagnosed deficiency.  At the end of his interview he restated his desire to leave the UFC stating this:

After [UFC 144] I was like, ‘I’m not putting my life on the line for these guys no more.’ They know what’s going on, but they’re still trying to make me look bad. They’re trying to make me lose my fan base. I don’t want to be part of the UFC. If Dana doesn’t want me to be bigger than the UFC, then let me go. If they feel like I lost my appeal, then let me go.

Just days following the interview it seemed that Jackson was going to get his chance to regain some of the appeal that he may have lost, coming off a loss at UFC 144.  The UFC reported that Jackson will fight, former fellow Pride Fighter, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at an undisclosed time in 2012.  Now, only days after the UFC announcement, Jackson reveals that he must first undergo knee surgery on both his knees prior to meeting Rua in the octagon.  The knee injuries occured, according to the former UFC champion, during the match up with Jon Jones, current UFC champion, and in a sparring session in preparation for UFC 144, against Ryan Bader.  Jackson posted this on his Twitter account, “To keep it real, the ‘Shogun’ fight will have to wait, I just found out that I have to get surgery on both knees, but I heal fast. Don’t trip”

Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira Road to Recovery

Following a brutal submission loss, to a Kamura courtesy Frank Mir at UFC 140, doctors confirmed that Antonio Rodrigo ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira (33-7-1, 1nc) did indeed sustain a broken arm.  The broken arm required surgery for the former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion.  It was believed that, due to the severity of the break, that Nogueira would not resume training until June of 2012, nearly 6 months after the surgery.  Nogueira, however, had other thoughts in mind as he laced up his gloves and went to work at his Team Nogueira Training Center.  In an interview posted by Gleidson Venga at, Nogueira had this to say,

I felt great. I was longing to train. I was just going to show some ‘shadow’ training, but I couldn’t stand it,” said Nogueira, admitting that he isn’t yet ready to train at 100 percent. “I still need about three weeks of physical therapy [and] to hone my boxing with coach Erivan [Conceicao], and then, later, I’ll call Master [Ricardo] de la Riva and start training jiu-jitsu. I think I’m back in a month.

‘Minotauro’ Nogueira, now 35 years old, is quite restless considering some of the big named fighters that frequent his gym.  On occasion Team Nogueira Training Center lends a helping hand to some of the biggest names in mma with regards to several UFC champions and prospects alike.  Fighters like Anderson Silva (31-4) and Junior Dos Santos (14-1) like to visit on occasion and Nogueira would like nothing more than to be able to train with these elite fighters.

We here at The MMA Beatdown wish you a speedy recovery Nogueira.

Georges St Pierre on the Mend

It appears that the welterweight champ, Georges St Pierre (22-2), will be sidelined for the next 10 months following a new injury, obtained training for Nick Diaz (26-7), that caused serious knee problems.

Apparently the surgery went as well as could be expected but the injury is so severe that it will take that amount of time to fully rehabilitate the injury, according to Georges’ facebook page:

It’s been a month since my surgery and very happy with results- really amazing what the body is capable of. On deck for physio: manual therapy for patellar and scar tissue mobilization, ice, ultrasound, compression, quad sets, straight leg raises, isometric quad and hamstring exercises, increased ROM and stationary cycling…I’d love to hear any tips you might have that could help me!

Until Georges is fight ready, the world of MMA will soldier on and the belt will go up for an interim title holder.  Taking the champs place will Carlos Condit (27-5) against Nick Diaz.

We here at the MMA Beatdown wish Georges St. Pierre a speedy recovery, and we will be looking very forward to your return to the octagon.

MMA top 10 Injuries

We here at the Beatdown always wish the best for all athletes well being, but we can’t seem to look away from the train wrecks.  Speaking of train wrecks, check out‘s top ten injury video:

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