Pellegrino Undergoes Surgery, Now Requires Bigger Operation


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, 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.

Latest MMA News

Bojan Velickovic

Bojan Velickovic on Finishing Nico Musoke: ‘I’m Really Happy That I Did That’

Bojan Velickovic's comeback victory over Nico Musoke is one he won't soon forget. Musoke looked to be up two rounds when a shot from Velickovic...
Charles Oliveira

Charles Oliveira is Still Eyeing Featherweight Return

Despite being successful in his return to lightweight, Charles Oliveira wants to move back down. In his last outing, Oliveira submitted former Bellator lightweight champion...
Tony Ferguson

Tony Ferguson on Fighting Al Iaquinta: ‘I Want Somebody That’s Worth it’

Sorry Al Iaquinta, but Tony Ferguson isn't taking your call. "El Cucuy" still awaits an opponent, but Iaquinta has tried ruffling some feathers recently. Ferguson...
Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes on B.J. Penn: ‘I Wish he Would Find The Right Opponent’

Matt Hughes is against B.J. Penn allowing himself to get thrown to the wolves at this stage in his career. Despite a mixed martial arts...
Damir Hadzovic

Damir Hadzovic: ‘I’m Here For The Honor & Glory, Not The Belt’

Damir Hadzovic would rather leave the sport with a renowned legacy, than capture a title. Hadzovic is coming off a sensational third-round knockout victory over...
Claudia Gadelhavideo

Video: Claudia Gadelha Talks About MMA Changing Her Life, Having ‘Big Dreams’

Claudia Gadelha wants to give back to the sport that has changed her life. This Saturday night (June 3) at UFC 212, Gadelha will go...
Alexander Gustafssonvideo

Alexander Gustafsson: ‘I Have to Take Fights That Really Make Sense For me’

Alexander Gustafsson knows that at this stage in his career, he must make every fight count. "The Mauler" has put his body through the wringer,...
Volkan Oezdemirvideo

Volkan Oezdemir: ‘All I Have to do is Impose my Right Hand’

For Volkan Oezdemir, sometimes it's as simple as connecting. That was the case yesterday (May 28) inside the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. Oezdemir took...
Cat Zingano

Cat Zingano on Cris Cyborg Punching Angela Magana: ‘I Was Not Surprised’

Cat Zingano wasn't shocked to hear of Cris Cyborg popping Angela Magana in the mouth during the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fighter Retreat. Zingano also...
Roxanne Modafferi

Roxanne Modafferi on TUF Season 26: ‘I Think I’ll Have an Advantage’

Roxanne Modafferi believes she has an edge over other competitors on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 26. Modafferi is coming off a third-round TKO victory...