On Tuesday afternoon Ryan Bader tweets that his knee is injured and requires surgery. Bader is coming off the biggest win of his career with a decisive victory of Quinton Jackson at UFC 144. As of yet, there's no timeline concerning when Bader will be able to return to competition.
I know it's a few days old but I haven't seen anyone post it. How does this even happen? http://twitter.com/#!/MiguelTorresMMA
How impressive was Brandon Prust all season long playing through pain? And how impressive was Dan Girardi in the playoffs, blocking everything that came at him? Glad to hear they both look like they'll be healed up and ready for training camp. Warriors. It's just pain. According to Andrew Gross Prust had a labral tear repaired in surgery, Girardi's hernia surgery was successful.
Injuries continue to plague the UFC on Versus 3 card, scheduled for March 3rd in Louisville, Kentucky. Rafael Natal and Franscisco Rivera have both pulled out of their respective bouts with Alessio Sakara and Takeya Mizugaki, according to recent reports from MMA Junkie and Versus.com. There have not yet been any updates concerning replacement opponents for Sakara and Mizugaki. The event has already seen Mark Scanlon, Maiquel Falcao, Matt Riddle, Alexandre Ferreira, and Paulo Thiago all bow out of scheduled bouts. UFC on Versus 3 coverage
The latest on John Cena, according to Dave Meltzer on the subscription part of his website, is that he only suffered a bruised hip, a relatively minor injury, and should be back in action in a matter of days. I bet there were a lot of sighs of relief within WWE's creative team and management when they heard that news, as The Undertaker is already touch and go for WrestleMania and Brock Lesnar still looks like a long shot to appear on that show. At the moment they can't afford any serious injuries to the few banged up, experienced headliners they've got left. They need all hands on deck, if WrestleMania 27 is to be a PPV success.
Jason MacDonald posted this picture from his Twitter account @jaymac185 with the description "Nasty". I couldn't agree more.