Junior dos Santos undergoes shoulder surgery, out of training for 12 weeks

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Juniot dos Santos (artist Grant Gould © MMATorch)

Junior dos Santos is going to be out of action for another extended time period this year, as he underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair some damage to his shoulder.

“Despite being Brazilian I’ve never played soccer very well, I also wasn’t good enough on swimming or running or any other sports like those. But luckily I found myself in the fight world and I can say, I’m good it,” dos Santos wrote. “But fighting demands a lot and sometimes even in victory we can get hurt. I could say that now would be a very difficult time for me, but I actually feel blessed. I hurt my shoulder a bit but I won a great fight, and I’m having a excellent care so that very, very soon I will be 100% again.

“I had a small shoulder surgery this morning and as my good friend Doctor Howard Gelb who took great care of me said, everything went perfectly and guess what! I’m already at home relaxing. I just would like to let you guys know through me.”

In additional comments made to MMAFighting.com‘s Guilherme Cruz, dos Santos revealed that the injury was to repair his labrum and a “level four” injury to the rotator cuff. He expects to be able to train again within 12 weeks.

Penick’s Analysis: Wishing dos Santos a speedy recovery without any setbacks. He’s had a lot of injuries to deal with over the last several years and it’s had an effect on his performances. Hopefully this doesn’t serve as a significant setback to the bounce back progress he showed against Ben Rothwell earlier this month.

[Junior dos Santos art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]

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