MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: JULIANNA PENA OUT FOR TWO YEARS FOLLOWING CATASTROPHIC KNEE INJURY

One of the UFC’s brightest young stars is hurt, and according to the company president she’s going to be out of commission for two decades. It was yesterday revealed by UFC Tonight that TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena endured a devastating injury to her right knee during training that led to tears to her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus, and hamstring. MMAFighting.com reported that the injury happened during a grappling session Monday at Sikjitsu gym in Spokane, Washington. According to UFC president Dana White, the injury is so severe that the 24-year-old Pena is expected to miss two years of actions. She’s set to get surgery on the knee following week once the swelling goes down. This is very sad news and everyone in the MMA world ought to want Pena a quick recovery as she embarks on what is going to be a dark time in her life as she won’t have the ability to compete at the sport she loves just at the time she had been beginning to get great at it. According to her official biography on UFC.com, Pena said,”When I found MMA I realized it was the outlet I needed and was searching for.” About battling in the Octagon,” Pena said:”This means the world for me to be more fighting in the UFC. This is as large as it gets, it will not get any higher, and I’ve made it. It is a fantastic accomplishment for myself.” But for the upcoming time, she will not have MMA within her entire life. Nicknamed”The Venezuelan Vixen,” Pena entered TUF 18 with a 4-2 record and was matched up against veteran Shayna Baszler from the preliminary round after defeating Gina Mazany to go into the home. Despite being a large underdog to Baszler, Pena managed to rally after being early to conquer Baszer via second-round entry. She subsequently submitted Sara Moras in the semifinals to earn a birth in the finale, and she won the series last November with a dominating first-round TKO win over Jessica Rakoczy. Currently ranked in the top 10 of those women’s bantamweight division, Pena was set to face Jessica Andrade at UFC 171 this March before being forced to pull out this knee injury. Andrade will now face Raquel Pennington. UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani managed to speak to Pena’s trainer at Sikjitsu, Rick Little, who said the injury Pena endured was the”most gruesome” he had ever seen in sports. According to Little, Pena’s harm was the result of an over-aggressive training session, which seems odd given the severity of this accident. Based on White’s tweet which”what occurred at her gym is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard,” there’s obviously more to the story. There is already speculation that this wasn’t only an crash, but that somebody in Pena’s camp held to some submission overly long, maybe a heel hook which is highly frowned upon to do while training with teammates. That’s just speculation for now, though, although I really don’t by for a minute that this harm was just an accident based on what White’s tweet. It was much more inclined carelessness was the trigger. This is extremely disappointing news as I think Pena was a future title contender from the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Pena’s wrestling is exceptional and she is improving her entire game so rapidly that she would be a serious contender for the UFC bantamweight name within the next two decades. Remember her beef with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the show meant she’d have been pushed up the ladder faster than others. However, this harm will obviously delay that chance to fight for the belt, and it is possible that the injury renders that fantasy hopeless. For somebody who’s just 24, it’s not fair that Pena has had to deal with all these injuries and bad fortune as such a young age. Before TUF 18 was first filmed, Pena had been involved in a nasty car accident which left her with a broken nose. She had suffered a broken arm one of her fights, as well as the preceding two ACL tears before in her career. But that’s life, and life isn’t fair. Pena was employed as a waitress before TUF and also living in the home with her loved ones. With her career just about to remove, Pena was looking forward to moving out and embarking on a promising career in the game. Now, she will be outside sitting on the sidelines for around another 24 month after suffering one of the worst knee injuries ever to a UFC fighter, and she will have trouble making a living while doing this. I hope that the UFC helps out Pena financially during her time off because, after all, she’s an investment to the corporation. The UFC does have an insurance policy which should cover a portion of Pena’s surgery, but it’s capped at $50,000 annually and might not cover all of Pena’s medical-related expenses. So hopefully the UFC can do the right thing and help her out in her time of need. Hopefully we get the full story about what happened to Pena shortly, but for now let’s all desire Pena good luck on her operation next week and let us hope she is able to beat the projected two year layoff and return into the cage earlier than later because she is a huge fighter and has a bright future in the game.

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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: JULIANNA PENA OUT FOR TWO YEARS FOLLOWING CATASTROPHIC KNEE INJURY

Among the UFC’s brightest young stars is injured, and as stated by the company president she is going to be out of commission for a couple of years. It was revealed by UFC Tonight that TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena endured a catastrophic injury to her right knee during training that resulted in tears for her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus, and hamstring. MMAFighting.com reported the injury happened during a grappling session Monday in Sikjitsu fitness center in Spokane, Washington. According to UFC president Dana White, the injury is so severe that the 24-year-old Pena is expected to miss two years of action. She’s set to have surgery on the knee next week once the swelling goes down. This is very sad news and everybody in the MMA world ought to wish Pena a speedy recovery because she embarks on what will be a dark period in her life as she won’t have the ability to compete at the game she loves just at the time she had been starting to get great at it. According to her official biography on UFC.com, Pena said,”When I discovered MMA I understood it was the outlet I needed and was searching for.” About battling in the Octagon,” Pena said:”It means the world for me to be more fighting in the UFC. This is as high as it gets, it doesn’t get any higher, and I’ve made it. It’s a great achievement for myself.” However, for the upcoming time, she will not have MMA in her life. Nicknamed”The Venezuelan Vixen,” Pena entered TUF 18 with a 4-2 record and has been paired up against veteran Shayna Baszler in the preliminary round after defeating Gina Mazany to go into the house. Despite being a large underdog to Baszler, Pena managed to rally after being down early to defeat Baszer via second-round submission. She subsequently submitted Sara Moras from the semifinals to earn a birth in the finale, and she won the show this past November with a dominating first-round TKO win over Jessica Rakoczy. Currently ranked in the top 10 of those women’s bantamweight division, Pena was set to face Jessica Andrade in UFC 171 that March prior to being forced to pull out with this knee injury. Andrade will face Raquel Pennington. UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani was able to talk to Pena’s coach at Sikjitsu, Rick Little, who said the harm Pena suffered was the”most gruesome” he’d ever seen in sports. According to Little, Pena’s injury was the result of an over-aggressive training session, which seems odd given the seriousness of the accident. According to White’s tweet which”what happened at her gym is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever heard,” there’s obviously more to the narrative. There is already speculation that this wasn’t just an crash, but that someone at Pena’s camp held on to some submission too long, maybe a heel hook that’s highly frowned upon to perform while training with teammates. That is just speculation for now, however, although I really don’t by for a minute that this harm was only an accident based on which White’s tweet. It was much more likely carelessness was the trigger. This is very disappointing news as I believe Pena was a future title contender from the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Pena’s wrestling is exceptional and she’s improving her entire game so rapidly that she’d be a serious contender for the UFC bantamweight name within the next couple of years. Keep in mind her beef with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in the show supposed she’d have been pushed up the ladder faster than many others. But this injury will obviously delay that opportunity to struggle for the belt, and it’s possible that the injury renders that fantasy impossible. For someone who is only 24, it is not fair that Pena has had to cope with so many injuries and bad fortune as such a young age. Before TUF 18 was first filmed, Pena was involved in a nasty car accident which left her with a busted nose. She had suffered a broken arm one of her struggles, in addition to the previous two ACL tears earlier in her career. But that is life, and life is not fair. Pena was employed as a waitress before TUF and also living at home with her loved ones. Together with her career just going to take off, Pena had been looking forward to moving out and embarking on a promising career in the sport. Now, she will be outside sitting on the sidelines for up to another 24 month after suffering one of the worst knee injuries ever into a UFC fighter, and she will have difficulty making a living while doing this. I hope the UFC assists out Pena financially through her off time since, after all, she is an investment to the corporation. The UFC does have an insurance plan which should pay a portion of Pena’s surgery, but it is capped at $50,000 yearly and might not cover most Pena’s medical-related expenses. So hopefully the UFC can do exactly the right thing and help her out in her time of need. Hopefully we get the full story about what happened to Pena shortly, but for now let’s all wish Pena great luck on her operation next week and let us hope she is able to conquer the projected two year layoff and return in the cage earlier than later because she’s a tremendous fighter and has a bright future in the sport.

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