Pellegrino meniscus surgery finds torn ACL

by Steven Marrocco | source:

UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino underwent surgery this past week to repair a torn meniscus and got some bad news afterward. Pellegrino's doctor fixed a slight tear in his knee cartilage but discovered something much worse: a torn ACL.

The fighter now must book another date with the surgeon to get his ACL replaced, though he is adamant that he won't be sidelined by the injury any longer than March 2011.

"You hear all these athletes are out for a year," Pellegrino today told . "I won't be out for a year. There's just no way."

The knee injury occurred when opponent George Sotiropoulos knocked down and jumped on top of Pellegrino in the first round of their fight at UFC 116. Pellegrino's knee buckled and he screamed in pain, but he refused to quit.

Pellegrino also had torn his meniscus in a fight with Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111 and underwent corrective surgery 10 weeks prior to UFC 116, which took place earlier this month.

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BigTuna site profile image  

7/20/10 4:23 AM by BigTuna

Love watching Kurt fight. Hope the recovery goes well. BT

knuckleballs site profile image  

7/20/10 4:18 AM by knuckleballs

That sucks. Good luck, Kurt. Fuck, after paralysis and the exploded testicle, this is my biggest fear in my training.

Nathalie site profile image  

7/20/10 12:53 AM by Nathalie

It wasn't the surgeon who missed it, it was the radiologist who didn't catch it.

daglord site profile image  

7/20/10 12:02 AM by daglord

still recovering as well...good luck & a speedy recovery Kurt.

The Sultan site profile image  

7/19/10 11:32 PM by The Sultan

Yeah, I rushed a return as well and ended up tearing mine again too.....however, I did play lacrosse on a turf field in college so it was really harsh on the joints.  

SpiderRicco site profile image  

7/19/10 11:01 PM by SpiderRicco

I guess retirement is inevitable.

Caught_clean site profile image  

7/19/10 10:47 PM by Caught_clean

LOL at I wont wait for a year. Enjoy retearing it over and over. I am on surgery number 5 and feel like a retard.

Haywood Jablowme site profile image  

7/19/10 10:24 PM by Haywood Jablowme

MelPel= Pretty reliable source.

1st Rnd KO site profile image  

7/19/10 10:07 PM by 1st Rnd KO

The exact same thing happened to me.  They told me they were going to repair my miniscus and some cartilage, but once they got in there they found the torn ACL.  They ended up doing a complete ACL replacement.  The MRI didn't show the ACL damage.  I'm still recovering.      

YourDumbFace site profile image  

7/19/10 7:25 PM by YourDumbFace

Good thing he's retired and won't have to worry about this messing up his training for upcoming fights!