Ariel Helwani is reporting that Glover Teixeira suffered a torn labrum in his fight Saturday night vs. Jon Jones. It was the first loss for Teixeira in 20 fights and nine years.
Teixeira took an MRI in Connecticut on Friday, which led to the diagnosis of a tear. The date and place for surgery has not yet been determined.
The injury was caused at 3:49 of the very first round, when Jones improvised a move that he had wanted to try since high school wrestling where it is illegal. Jones whizzered a loose underhook, and simply cranked up several times. For the rest of the fight, Glover's feared right hand was at one surgery less than full strength. And he never told his corner.
"When I found out after the fight about the injury, it broke my heart," Hackleman said. "Had I known, I probably would have stopped it even though everyone would have hated my guts.
"So he just fought on with a torn labrum, swinging. It wasn't like he was running, he was moving forward and banging. It's unbelievable to think of going five rounds with Jones like that. And we're not taking anything away from Jones because he caused the injury. Both the eye and the shoulder. So kudos to Jones for doing that. They are both legal moves. He didn't try to hurt Glover intentionally, he did what he had to do to win.
"It just shows the mental fortitude and toughness of Glover. It shows what he's capable of. It made me proud, man."
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The socket of the shoulder joint is extremely shallow, and very unstable. This means that the bones of the shoulder are not held in place adequately. Thus, the shoulder joint has a cuff of cartilage called a labrum that forms a cup for the end of the arm bone to move within.
The labrum circles the shallow shoulder socket to make the socket deeper. This cuff of cartilage makes the shoulder joint much more stable, and allows for a very wide range of movements.
The labrum is made of a thick tissue that is susceptible to injury with trauma to the shoulder joint.
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