Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) originally spoke with Sinosic just a few days prior to UFC 110, and everything seemed great. The Aussie was excited to fight on the UFC’s very first card in Australia, he had trained hard, and was incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Then on Feb. 20, two days before he was to step in the Octagon against Chris Haseman in a rematch, the news came out that Sinosic was injured and forced to pull out of UFC 110.
Of course, the fans were disappointed at the news, but surely not nearly as disappointed as Sinosic himself, who had spent weeks and weeks preparing and training for the fight. Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com) spoke again with Sinosic on Monday, Feb. 22, to get the full story, see how he is feeling, see what he thought of his fellow coach, Anthony Perosh’s performance, and what he thought overall of the UFC’s first visit to the "land down under".
Hi Elvis. You were all set to face Chris Haseman at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia this past weekend. Apparently you were injured. Can you tell us exactly what happened, how it happened, and why you had to pull out?
I injured my shoulder severely on the weekend during my last sparring session. It was an aggravated injury. As with most fighters you get injuries. During the course of my training camp I received numerous injuries, my shoulder just being one of them. At the time it seemed like the least of my worries among them. In my last sparring session it just escalated to the point that it was too much. I just was not able to use my right shoulder/arm to it’s full ability. After this I went to see my doctor, got scans done, went and saw a specialist. Once I learnt of the extent of the damage I informed the UFC. They arranged their own doctor to look at it, organised for a cortisone shot. The cortisone shot did not help at all sadly. Even their doctor told me that he did not expect the short to help. But it was worth trying.
It turns out that I have a couple of underlying problems with my shoulder. Basically I have tendinitis, bone spurs which have lead to chronic Osteoathritis and on top of that Adhesive Capsulitis, known as "frozen shoulder". There could also be further damage but I will need an MRI or key hole surgery to determine the full extent. I had a sore shoulder during my camp but never realized the extent of what was wrong. The six-week camp aggravated the injuries and it continued to escalate until the last week where it became unbearable. The specialist informed me that I had about 40-50% use of my right arm.