First, let me explain. This post is a review of fighters on the UFC on FX 8 card who are returning to action following injuries, or those who have an interesting injury history. If a bout is not listed in this post, that means there were no injuries of interest (to me, anyway). For purposes of brevity, I don't review the three fights scheduled for Facebook.
The highlight injury recovery for this card has to go to John Cholish and his recovery from a torn adductor (groin) injury using platelet rich plasma therapy.
The Prelims on Fuel TV
Fabio Maldanado vs Roger Hollett- Hollett was forced out of his UFC on FX 7 bout in January due to a torn bicep. He was incapacitated for a short period of time, and was seen training in this Twitter picture posted on March 21. With this short recovery time, I doubt that he had surgery for this problem.
Paulo Thiago vs Michel Prazeres- Thiago was forced out of UFC 142 due to a dislocated elbow. In his tweet announcing his withdrawal, Thiago says "thank God, nothing serious!" Thiago was originally set to face Lance Benoist in this fight, but an injury to Benoist opened the door for Michel Prazeres to step in.
Gleison Tibau vs John Cholish- Cholish hasn't fought since May of 2012. He was to face Yves Edwards at UFC on Fox 5 in December 2012, but bowed out of that fight with a groin injury, or torn adductor muscles. He announced the injury November 23rd on Twitter. His treatment for this injury has included injection with platelet rich plasma (PRP).
Past Month I have done Platelet Rich Plasma Injection and Physical Therapy, Adductor getting stronger, hoping to fight in 1st half '13 @ufc— John Cholish (@JohnCholish) January 4, 2013
PRP therapy is gaining some popularity in sports medicine to help heal soft tissue injuries. PRP is obtained through a sample of one's own blood, which is spun in a centrifuge allowing extraction of that part of the plasma that has a high concentration of platelets. The platelets are then injected into the area of injury.
The Main Card- UFC on FX 8
Rafael Dos Anjos vs Evan Dunham- In a 2010 fight against Clay Guida, Dos Anjos suffered a fractured jaw that required surgery to repair. His jaw was apparently fractured in the first round, but he lasted until the third round before being submitted by Guida. Evan Dunham missed scheduled UFC fights in 2011 and 2012 due to injury. In 2012, Dunham was having problems with his big toe in which it would dislocate when pushing off with his foot. He has gone 1 and 1 in the UFC since returning from this injury. Dunham is now considering a move up to light heavy weight to go toe-to-toe with champion Jon Jones. (Thank you, thank you! I'll be here all week.)
Vitor Belfort vs Luke Rockhold- In May 2012, Belfort was forced out of his bout with Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 due to a fractured hand and subsequent surgery. During his Strikeforce days, Rockhold was out of action for a prolonged period of time in 2010-11. He suffered a shoulder injury in October 2010 leading to his removal from the Strikeforce: Diaz vs Noons II card. He did not return to the cage until September 2011, when he won the Strikeforce middleweight title.
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