Injured UFC Middleweight Rousimar Palhares Will NOT Need Knee Surgery

May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Rousimar Palhares (left) fights Alan Belcher in a middleweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier this week it was reported that the UFC's resident heel-hook master Rousimar Palhares was out of a scheduled fight with Yushin Okami at UFC 150 after suffering a knee injury. The initial fear was that Palhares would require surgery, putting him out of commission for an extended period of time. In an interview with Tatame, Palhares confirmed that he will not require surgery after all.

After a few exams with Luiz Antônio Oliveira, a specialist in knee injuries, Rousimar’s doctor Michael Simoni said he won’t need to go under the knife.

"Toquinho got hurt while defending a takedown and he won’t be able to continue his trainings. But, at first, there’s no risk to need a surgery".

This is obviously good news for one of the most interesting entertaining fighters in the division, win or lose. I'm no medical expert, but it essentially means that there was no serious ligament damage (if at all) to go to the operating table. Amazingly, for a 10 fight and 4 year veteran of the UFC, this is only the second time Palhares has pulled out of a fight due to injury. Hopefully his recovery process is smooth and he can resume training for his next fight, as he tries to rebound from a devastating TKO loss to Alan Belcher, which halted his winning streak at 3.

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