UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell is facing nine months on the sidelines after tearing his ACL during his last fight with Gilbert Yvel.
Rothwell told the MMAJunkie site that he underwent surgery on Tuesday night to repair the damage, but he’ll now have to undergo physical therapy and look to return to the octagon early next year.
Rothwell had gone into the fight at UFC 115 in May knowing that a loss could have spelled an end to his brief spell in the promotion having been defeated by Cain Velasquez in his debut.
In the end he won by unanimous decision to take his record to 1-1, but it wasn’t a performance that set the octagon alight. Considering that he tore his ACL early in the first round though, and that he later suffered a deviated septum from a head kick later in the round, it’s somewhat remarkable that he finished the fight at all.
In Rothwell’s mind none of that mattered, and feels that despite his ailments he should have performed better.
“I could have finished that fight. Hurt knee, broke nose or not, I was still going to be throwing down. I didn’t want to make any excuses.”