The left knee injury that the UFC featherweight Josh Emmett suffered in the first round of their “Fight of the Year” candidate in front of Shane Burgos is serious and could require extensive rehabilitation time.
The UFC on ESPN’s 11 co-headlining not only suffered a complete tear of his ACL, but also a partial MCL tear, “focal” impact fracture of the femur and of the damaged cartilage, in addition to an important swelling. He is currently weighing treatment options for recovery, his manager Jennifer Goldstein told MMA Fighting after an initial report of ESPN.com.
Emmett visibly reacted to the injury after an exchange with the city of Burgos in the opening of the frame. He was able to continue the fight and connect with huge punches several times to put his opponent on the canvas. He was well aware of an ACL injury after the fight, which ended in a unanimous decision in his favor, and took on his skeptics in the media.
The fight was hailed as an instant classic by MMA observers and appointed a “Fight of the Year” candidate by the President of the UFC, Dana White, who awarded both fighters $50,000 “Performance of the night” bonuses.
Emmett has now won three straight fights, with a stop two victories. He has received the back-to-back performance bonuses. He chose not to test the free agency market after a January fight marked the end of his previous contract.
Goldstein said Emmett could be put aside for the period of nine months if he chooses surgery, but there is a possibility that he may be able to heal without going under the knife. Although the suspensions have not yet been published, it is likely to faces for a period of six months, pending clearance from a doctor.
In a Twitter post published Monday night, Emmett went into detail about his injuries.
Most people quit or looked for a way out! I will NEVER have to LEAVE!
1 room of rupture of the ACL
2 MCL Sprain with partial tear
3 Bakers cyst rupture of the
4 focus the impact of the fracture
femur on the lateral
5 Chondral defect (cartilage) on the tibia laterally in correspondence of the impact area #UFCVegas3
— Josh Emmett (@JoshEmmettUFC) On the 23rd of June 2020