Former UFC champion Matt Hughes has revealed through his official website that he suffered a torn MCL and partially torn PCL in his loss to Thiago Alves at UFC 85 earlier this month:
“I found out my results, Iâ€™ve got a totally torn MCL that is still attached to my femur. Iâ€™ve got a partially torn PCL. They really think that the PCL will repair itself and that MCL has a chance of repairing itself. So weâ€™re going to hold off on surgery right now. I am going to get a second opinion this week, so that might change; but for now weâ€™re going to hold off on surgery.”
One would think that this could lead to retirement but he has not said the “R word” just yet. When asked about retirement and if he was done as a fighter in an exclusive MMAFrenzy.com interview earlier this year Hughes responded â€œWell, if they think I am done as a fighter they are definitely wrong. Sure, it is no doubt that Thiago has a chance to beat me, each time you step into the octagon there is a chance that you are going to lose, but there is no way I am done right now. I am 34 years old, Randy Couture is 43 and Chuck Liddell I think is around 37, so there is just no way I am done right now.â€
No surgery is good news for Matt Hughes and his camp as this should mean a quicker recovery and get him back into the octagon faster.
Hughes is next expected to fight rival Matt Serra in what could be the final bout of his career.