MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: JULIANNA PENA OUT FOR TWO YEARS FOLLOWING CATASTROPHIC KNEE INJURY
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One of the UFC’s brightest young stars is hurt, and according to the company president she is going to be out of commission for two years. It was yesterday revealed by UFC Tonight that TUF 18 winner Julianna Pena endured a catastrophic injury to her right knee during training that resulted in tears to her ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscus, and hamstring. MMAFighting.com reported the injury occurred 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 a couple of years of actions. She is set to get surgery on the knee next week when the swelling goes down. This is very sad news and everybody in the MMA world should wish Pena a quick recovery as she embarks on what will be a dark time in her life as she won’t be able to compete at the game she enjoys just at the time she had been starting to get really good 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 fighting in the Octagon,” Pena said:”This means the world for me to be more fighting in the UFC. This is as high as it’s, it will not get any higher, and I have made it. It’s a great 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 in the preliminary round after beating Gina Mazany to go into the house. Despite being a massive underdog to Baszler, Pena managed to rally after being down early to defeat Baszer via second-round submission. She then 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 confront Jessica Andrade at UFC 171 this March prior to being forced to pull out this knee injury. Andrade will face Raquel Pennington. UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani managed to talk to Pena’s trainer at Sikjitsu, Rick Little, who said the harm Pena endured was the”most gruesome” he had 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’s already speculation that this was not just an crash, but that somebody at Pena’s camp held to a entry too long, possibly a heel hook that’s highly frowned upon to do while training with teammates. That is just speculation for now, though, though I don’t by for a minute that this harm was just an accident based on what White’s tweet. It was much more likely carelessness was the cause. This is very disappointing news as I believe Pena was a upcoming title contender in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. Pena’s wrestling is excellent and she is improving her entire game so rapidly that she would be a serious competitor for the UFC bantamweight title within the next couple of years. Remember her beef with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey from the series meant she would have been pushed up the ladder faster than many others. But this harm will obviously delay that chance to fight for the belt, and it’s possible the injury renders that fantasy hopeless. For someone who is just 24, it is not reasonable that Pena has needed to cope with all these injuries and bad fortune as such a young age. Before TUF 18 was 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, as well as the previous two ACL tears before in her career. But that is life, and life is not fair. Pena was working as a waitress before TUF and also living in the home with her family. With her career just about to take off, Pena was looking forward to moving out and embarking on a promising career in the sport. Now, she’ll be out sitting on the sidelines for around the next 24 month after suffering one of the worst knee injuries ever into a UFC fighter, and she will have trouble making a living while doing so. I am hoping the UFC assists out Pena financially through her time off since, after all, she’s an investment to the corporation. The UFC does have an insurance plan which should cover a portion of Pena’s operation, but it is capped at $50,000 annually and may not cover all of Pena’s medical-related expenses. So the UFC can do the right thing and help her out in her time of need. Hopefully we get the complete story about what happened to Pena soon, but for now let us all desire Pena great luck on her operation next week and let us hope she is able to conquer the projected two year layoff and get back into the cage sooner than later because she is a tremendous fighter and has a bright future in the sport.