Luke Rockhold cleared by CSAC doctor into UFC 199, has grade II MCL sprain

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

After Luke Rockhold revealed Thursday that he’d been battling an MCL injury, he had to clear a medical exam with the California State Athletic Commission in order to compete on Saturday’s UFC 199 card.

It seems the injury’s not so severe at the moment, as CSAC doctor Diego Allende cleared him to compete on Friday, stating it was a grade II sprain.

“As far as his physical exam, no, [there is no evidence of an MCL tear],” Allende said in comments made to “He has good stability, good range of motion; he cleared completely on the examination. I have all the confidence in the world that that won’t be an issue in his competition tomorrow night.”

Rockhold defends his UFC Middleweight Championship for the first time in Saturday’s main event, taking on Michael Bisping for a second time.

Penick’s Analysis: If stability isn’t an issue and he’s been cleared to compete, hopefully it’s not something that hampers him or his performance Saturday night. Of course, as he said it affected his training camp, so on that end he could perhaps be a little less effective than he would have been otherwise. However, as he said, he’s not all that concerned about it against Bisping.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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