TKZ fought Poirier with torn rotatator cuff
Dallas Winston: Can you expand on some of your health concerns going into the Poirier fight?
Chan Sung Jung: Now that the fight is over, I can come out and say that my injuries were/are pretty bad. I’ve been struggling with a bum knee for quite a while now. Actually, it been okay for most of the camp, but started to really hurt near the end of the camp and approaching the fight. Then there’s my shoulder. My shoulder had been giving me problems for months now and keeping from doing pulling exercises, pull-ups, chin-ups, even pushups.
I finally had an MRI done and the doctor’s verdict is that I have a tear in my rotator cuff. He recommended immediate surgery, but I wasn’t about to let some skinny-necked doctors stand between me and my goal, so I played it down and trained through the pain.
If you look at pictures of me before my American fights, you’ll see a pretty dramatic change in my physical build; musculature, if you will.
However, heading into the Poirier fight, I had lost quite a bit of the mass that I had been building throughout those previous fights. My physical peak was probably at the Hominick match.
After that, my nagging knee injury started to rear its ugly head again, but this time it had company in a rotator cuff tear. It was the rotator cuff tear that was the culprit to my loss of muscle and mass. It definitely put a crimp in my training style, because I didn’t get to do a lot of things I wanted to do. And the things that I did do, I didn’t do them to the degree that I would have liked to.
Regardless, we come to fight — so I manned up and kept training for Poirier, and we saw how that turned out.