Pellegrino Undergoes Surgery, Now Requires Bigger Operation

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By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

“Batman” had surgery last week as UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino underwent an operation to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Unfortunately for Pellegrino, the results weren't very positive.

According to a report at MMAJunkie.com, during the surgery it was discovered that Pellegrino also had a torn ACL. Since Pellegrino only signed to authorize a repair of his meniscus, it was not operated on in any fashion.

The UFC lightweight contender must now schedule another date, as he needs to undergo a second surgery to fix the bum ACL. Attatched to an ACL repair is generally a lengthy rehab process. Pellegrino insists he won't be out past March of 2011. “You hear all these athletes are out for a year. I won't be out for a year. There's just no way,” Pellegrino said to the MMAJunkie website.

“Batman” also spoke on how he suffered the injury.

Apparently Pellegrino was injured in the first round of his fight with George Sotiropoulos at UFC 116. Pellegrino claims that when Sotiropoulos knocked him down and jumped on him, he grabbed his left knee with his hand and left his face open to be punched, as his leg was hurt to the point of screaming out in pain.

Pellegrino dropped the fight to Sotiropoulos via decision, despite a near comeback late in the final round. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for Pellegrino, who had spent nearly two years without suffering a defeat in the octagon. You can bet Pellegrino will work hard to avoid a lengthy hiatus as he stated, as he's eager to get back on track and regain the momentum he had prior to the difficult loss.

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