When it rains, it pours is a sentiment that UFC middleweight, Josh Samman is feeling right now. The last year has been a turbulent one for him, fraught with injury and personal loss. Now, just 11 days away from his scheduled fight with Caio Magalhaes, injury has forced him out of action yet again.
Josh spoke with me just a few moments ago about his injury, how he sustained it, whether he'll nbeed surgery and when he hopes to return to action. Here's what he had to say:
So here I am, on Friday, and it's two weeks out, which is when I cut out all my hard sparring. Clint Hester and I had gotten into this tradition of helping each other with camps, where the last week or two of training, we'll fly in to help each other out. That's what happened here; Clint came to Miami to train at MMA Masters.
Last Friday, we were grappling pretty hard, and Clint's pretty heavy right now, probably about 225. He's not an unsafe training partner at all, so it wasn't anything that he could have helped or I could have helped. We were on the ground and I went for a sweep that is really a go-to sweep for me, and I've had a lot of success with it in the past with no problems. I hyper-extended my leg when I posted my left leg out and I heard several pops.
Right away I knew something was really wrong. I sat there on the floor for what must have been an hour, afraid to get up and assess the damage. I called my manager and told him what happened and he wanted to get me to the hospital right away, which I knew I needed to do anyway.
I went and got an MRI that day. The results came back that I have a full hamstring tear, that it could be torn completely off the bone. All weekend I alternated between icing it and heating pads, and then sent the MRI off to my surgeon in Tallahassee this morning. He also told me that I had a full tear and that I may or may not need surgery.
I went to another specialist this afternoon that's worked on a lot of the Miami Dolphins and the college athletes down here, and he suggested surgery, so it's kind of all up in the air right now if I'll go under the knife again. I'd like to avoid it, but if that's what's necessary, that's what I'll do.
It's pretty painful, but more than anything, it's just discouraging. I had a perfect training camp with no injuries at all up to this point. I felt so good and was ready to go. This was such a special, important fight to me. Everybody is kind of let down right now, my whole camp...we're all just kind of in disbelief right now.
They were throwing around a lot of numbers. They said if I don't have surgery, there's a possibility that it could take months and months to heal. They said if I do have surgery, that I could maybe get back to training in 6-8 weeks. That would be ideal, but those surgeries just take so much out of you. They want to do the surgery this coming Friday, but this will be the fourth surgery I've had on my legs in my career and I'm only 26 years old. It's just fucked up. It's been a fucked up year.
We'll keep our readers updated on Josh's status as he relays it to us.
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