Pulled from his bout with Frank Mir at UFC 119 on September 25, Rodrigo Minotauro should go six months without stepping into the octagon. The fighter commented on his injury on his official website, www.mmallstars.com.br:
“I’m going to have two operations. One of them is on the hip and the other on the knee. The hip one will be arthroscopic surgery; the one on the knee is to repair the cruciate ligament and meniscus. They’re old injuries that I’d have to treat at some point and that were compromising my speed, flexibility and explosiveness.
“I consulted a specialist and he put me up against the wall: ‘If you fight now and we won’t be able to recuperate it again. Have the operations, go through all the treatment and you’ll be back kicking your opponent’s in the face.’ I was fighting at 60% of my capacity. Without a doubt, I was at a disadvantage. I left there decisive, I just ironed out a few things with the people who work directly with me.”
Minotauro further remarked that he should be back in six months. One of the operations will be performed in the USA, the other in Brazil.
“Without a doubt, we’ll use the best resources available. Both doctors guaranteed me that, after recovering, I’ll be soaring!” he says.