Less than two weeks after winning the UFC welterweight title, Kamaru Usman is on the mend.
Usman (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) underwent surgery Tuesday to have a knee injury repaired. The surgery took place in Philadelphia, but the exact injury that needed fixing remains unknown. His manager, Ali Abdelaziz, did not immediately respond to MMA Junkie’s request for details.
Not long after the procedure was completed, a groggy Usman went live on his Instagram Story and reacted.
“I had knee surgery before, I thought this was going to be like that,” Usman said. “This ain’t that at all – at all. This (expletive) different.”
Usman claimed the UFC welterweight title earlier this month when he dominated Tyron Woodley in a five-round unanimous decision in the UFC 235 co-headliner.
Usman told MMA Junkie pre-fight of his plans to be an active champion if he won the belt, but said he had some lingering physical challenges that would need to be dealt with first. After winning the belt, Usman said he suffered a fractured foot in the lead-up to the bout and expanded on a growing number of injuries that have apparently been holding him back during his run toward the title.
“I’ve been on one leg for years now,” Usman said. “So to be able to open up and use my kicks will make me so much more dangerous, it wouldn’t even be fair once I start to use some of the weapons we work on. Once I go into these fights, and we have to go through the ringer to prepare for them, and we know I’m not 100 percent going in, winning is the most important thing and dominating is the most important thing, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
A timeline for Usman’s return to action is unknown, but from his hospital bed he said he looks forward to making his comeback against “you know who.”
That’s likely former interim 170-pound champion Colby Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who Usman said he’s looking forward to “brutalizing” post-UFC 235.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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