Junior dos Santos Undergoes ‘Small Shoulder Surgery’ Following Win Over Rothwell

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 29, 2016


Junior dos Santos will have to recover from shoulder surgery before he makes his next Octagon appearance.

The former UFC heavyweight champion recently revealed on Instagram that he underwent a minor procedure on his shoulder following his unanimous decision triumph over Ben Rothwell in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Zagreb, Croatia, earlier this month. “Cigano” did not give a timetable for his return.

“Despite being Brazilian I’ve never played soccer very well. I also wasn’t good enough [at] swimming or running or any sports like those. But luckily I found myself in the fight world and I can say I’m good at it,” he wrote. “But fighting demands a lot and sometimes even in victory we can get hurt. I could say that now would be a very difficult time for me, but I actually feel blessed. I hurt my shoulder a bit, but I won a great fight, and I’m having an excellent care so that very, very soon I will be 100 [percent] again.

“I had a small surgery this morning and as my good friend Dr. Howard Gelb, who took great care of me, said, everything went perfectly. And guess what: I’m already at home relaxing. I just would like to let you guys know through me.”

After beginning his UFC tenure with nine consecutive victories, dos Santos has alternated wins and losses in his last six fights. However, his dominant five-round verdict over Rothwell was a promising return to form after a second-round technical knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC on Fox 17.

Apesar de ser Brasileiro nunca joguei futebol muito bem, eu nunca fui o melhor nadando, correndo, ou em qualquer outro esporte assim. Mas na luta. Na luta eu me encontrei e eu posso dizer que sou bom nisso, luto bem. Mas ser lutador exige e desgasta muito e às vezes mesmo na vitória podemos nos machucar. Eu poderia dizer que agora seria um momento bem difícil, mas é exatamente ao contrário, eu me sinto abençoado. Eu machuquei um pouco o meu ombro mas conquistei uma grande vitória, estou tendo excelentes cuidados e muito, muito em breve estarei 100% novamente. Eu fiz uma rápida cirurgia esta manhã no meu ombro e como disse meu amigo e médico Dr Howard Gelb @drgelb que cuidou de mim, tudo correu perfeitamente bem, tão bem que eu até já estou em casa relaxando. Só Queria que vocês soubessem por mim | | Despite being Brazilian I've never played soccer very well, I also wasn't good enough on swimming or running or any other sports like those. But luckily I found myself in the fight world and I can say, I'm good it. But fighting demands a lot and sometimes even in victory we can get hurt. I could say that now would be a very difficult time for me, but I actually feel blessed. I hurt my shoulder a bit but I won a great fight, and I'm having a excellent care so that very, very soon I will be 100% again. I had a small shoulder surgery this morning and as my good friend Doctor Howard Gelb @drgelb who took great care of me said, everything went perfectly and guess what! I'm already at home relaxing. I just would like to let you guys know through me

A photo posted by Junior Cigano Dos Santos (@junior_cigano) on Apr 26, 2016 at 6:45pm PDT

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