Tom Aspinall, a British UFC fighter, has linked up with Cristiano Ronaldo’s former doctor in an effort to recover from a troubling knee ailment. The main fight of the most recent UFC UK event pitted the heavyweight contender against Curtis Blaydes, but on July 23, things went horribly wrong at the O2 Arena in London.
After a harmless early exchange, Aspinall collapsed to the ground in pain from what appeared to be a knee injury.
Just 15 seconds after the bout started, veteran referee Herb Dean intervened and waived it off, upsetting the hundreds of spectators who had come to watch the Englishman earn his sixth UFC victory.
The 29-year-old had to wait for the knee swelling to go down in order to undergo an MRI scan in order to determine the extent of the damage, which was severe and necessitated surgery.
Aspinall linked up with someone who has previously assisted in restoring a Manchester United great to top physical form after undergoing surgery to repair his ruptured MCL, torn meniscus, and damaged ACL.
“The top surgeon in the UK performed my procedure. the UK’s leading rehab expert. He was formerly Cristiano Ronaldo’s rehab assistant. According to Aspinall, who spoke to Midnite, “He’s really up there in the rehab realm, and it feels amazing right now.”
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Their teammate of Darren Till is happy to have resolved his knee issue after some time of suffering from it, even though it resulted in him losing the greatest fight of his career. “My bad knee has been with me for at least three years, possibly more. Aspinall continued, “There’s been a lot of things I haven’t been able to accomplish.”
Obviously, I’ve been handling the conflicts well. For the most part, I’ve been handling the training camps very well. But perhaps I became a little too overconfident, or perhaps I bet too frequently while I was aware of my knee issue.
With a knee problem, I can’t participate in these elite training camps; I need to look after both my physical and mental well-being. Lesson learned from this experience: “Don’t just keep getting bullied into having these fights when I know that I’m hurt. That’s why I’m not going back until I’m 100 percent.”
Even though he is far ahead of schedule, Aspinall won’t set a date for his return and says he won’t fight again until he is certain he has fully recovered both mentally and physically from the injury.
“They said it would typically take eight months for me to recover from this injury, but my physio says I’m much ahead of schedule. He stated, “I’m not setting a return date until I feel I’m in the right place emotionally and physically to get back in there and compete.”
I’m not even considering it right now. I have nothing stopping me now, so when I return, I want to set the world on fire and claim the heavyweight championship. I wanted to take my time earlier.