The injury jinxed Tatiana Suarez is finally preparing to make a comeback to the UFC in 2023 after a near four year layoff.
The 32-year-old Suarez revealed the news on Instagram, telling a fan in the comments of a post that she was going to fight in February in the flyweight division, though at this stage it’s unclear who her opponent will be.
Suarez was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 back in 2016 and looked set to be a major force in the UFC after going on to compile a five-fight winning streak in the UFC.
The dominant wrestler was fighting genuine competition too, beating the likes of Alexa Grasso by submission, Carla Esparza via TKO and Nina Nunes by decision, taking her career record to a perfect 8-0.
However, she’s since been cursed by major injury setbacks to her neck and knee that have prevented her from competing since 2019. She was scheduled to fight Roxanne Modafferi at flyweight back in September of last year, but had to pull out due to another injury, so fingers crossed she can actually make it to fight night this time around.
It’s a tall order to come back after such a long time off, but it’s not unheard of as former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz successfully managed to come back twice after similarly lengthy periods on the sidelines during his career after major injuries.