If you happen to be one of the few people out there who are able to enjoy Ryan Bader despite his epic bromance with douchebag extrordinaire CB Dollaway, this news might make you sad:
“One of the first takedowns, I was passing from half-guard trying to pass to side control, and I just heard my knee pop, which isn’t a big deal because they pop every once in a while,” Bader told MMAWeekly.com after the fight against Carmelo Marrero.
“I stood back up and I felt that it was really, really loose. It didn’t really do too much as far as impeding me in the fight or anything like that, but it was starting to swell up a little bit.”
After heading to the doctor for a final diagnosis, Bader ended up with tears in both his posterior cruciate ligament, and his medial collateral ligament.
According to the University of California-San Francisco, the average time for a MCL tear to heal is about six weeks, while avoiding surgery on the PCL in particular could save the former Arizona State All-American from being forced out of action for anywhere from six to 12 months.
The knee is a tricky bit of human mechanics, isn’t it? It seems like every other week someone’s leg meat disconnects from the bone and rolls up like an old curtain blind. I was particularly crushed when Dustin Hazelett’s knee gave out, meaning he’ll probably be out most of the year. Yeah that’s what is up with Bader too, but … eh. That one doesn’t sting as much.