UFC 166 Injury Rewind

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The Injury Rewind takes a look at fighters on the UFC 166 card who are returning after an injury layoff, or who have an interesting injury history.

UFC 166 takes place this Saturday in Houston, Texas and as usual a number of fighters will be battling injury as well as their opponent. The following are the known injuries being rehabbed before the event.

George Sotiropoulos

George's last fight was in December 2012 at UFC on FX 6, where he lost to Ross Pearson. Since then he has had a couple of undisclosed injuries that he has now recovered from. It is also interesting to note that he had ACL surgery in 2008 and missed 16 months of fighting action. Upon his return, he went on a 5 fight winning streak before dropping his last 3 UFC fights.

Sotiropoulos is set to fight K.J. Noons on the Fox Sports 1 preliminary card.

Jessica Eye

Although she is not returning from injury, Jessica "Evil" Eye does have an interesting injury in her history. When she was 16 years old, she was hit by a drunk driver. She suffered a fractured 5th thoracic vertebra, and missed many months of school while she was recovering.

Jessica will face Sarah Kaufman in a prelim bout on Fox Sports 1.

Gilbert Melendez

Melendez enters his second fight since returning from a separated shoulder suffered in September 2012. This injury caused him to withdraw from two scheduled bouts in September 2012 and January of this year. He appeared to suffer no ill effects of the injury in his last fight with Benson Henderson. Check out this Bloody Elbow article for a more in-depth discussion of this injury.

Melendez will square off against Diego Sanchez on the UFC 166 pay-per-view main card.

Daniel Cormier

Daniel has a history of hand injuries. In September 2011, he suffered a fractured right hand in his Strikeforce win over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. He again fractured the same hand in May 2012 while fighting Josh Barnett. Most recently, he injured a finger on his right hand in his UFC on Fox 7 fight vs. Frank Mir.

Cormier will fight Roy Nelson in the co-main event of UFC 166.

Junior Dos Santos

In the aftermath of his UFC 155 fight with Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos suffered from a serious medical condition called rhabdomyolysis. This condition is caused when skeletal muscle starts to break down, releasing a substance called myoglobin into the blood. Myoglobin can cause kidney damage. One of the causes of rhabdomyolysis is severe exertion, as in over training. This was apparently the case with Dos Santos. On the UFC Primetime which aired October 2nd, a member of his training team admitted that they pushed him too hard leading up to the second fight with Velasquez.

Junior Dos Santos will attempt to take Cain Velasquez' heavyweight championship belt in the UFC 166 main event fight.

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