Brad Tavares details 6 month recovery from broken arm

Saturday, January 05, 2019

UFC middleweight Brad Tavares went to a hospital after losing to Israel Adesanya at the TUF 27 Finale or July 6, 2018. As he related during a recent appearance on MMAjunkie Radio, things went from bad to nightmare.

“I broke the arm in the fight somewhere, I don’t know,” said Tavares, as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “They sent me to the ER to go stitch up my eye, I had a huge cut. While I’m sitting there, my arm swells up, and after that post-fight adrenaline dump you start feeling things. It doesn’t hurt; it’s just throbbing a little bit. I’m like, ‘While I’m here, while it’s covered under UFC’s insurance, I might as well get the [X-ray] just to be safe.’ I get the image, the guy is like, ‘Your arm is fractured, but the good news is it’s still in line, it hasn’t moved, so we’re going to put a splint.'”

Later the fighter's doctor wanted to conduct surgery, but other opinions indicated time was the cure. Finally, Tavares got a CT scan which showed there was no bridging in the gap - the arm had been completely broken for three months.

“Now going forward, if something like this happens again, I’ll know,” said Tavares. “But I’ve never, ever had surgery before.”

Fans thrill to the fight, but the negative effects can last for months, or forever.