Bellator middleweight Jared Hess will soon undergo surgery to repair a knee injury which ended his season two 185-pound tournament semifinal against Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 20 on May 27, but expects to make a full recovery in 4 to 6 months.
“The thing is, I really didn’t even feel it at the time. I don’t know if it was my adrenaline, but all I could think about was trying to finish that guy,” Hess said in a release. “I had a chance to watch it on TV after the fight and I think it really looked a lot worse than it is. It’s a bad tear (of the LCL), but the three other ligaments (the ACL, the PCL and the MCL) are all fine. My spirits are high, and I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be back in the cage soon. The thing I’m most upset about is that, in my eyes, I was winning that fight. I’d love to get a rematch with [Shlemenko] once I come back.”
Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney said Hess “will always have a home with Bellator” and that the season one runner-up is “the personification of the Bellator spirit.”