The overall status of Carlos Condit still remains uncertain, but early indications are that he possibly suffered a small meniscus tear and a torn ACL.
The former interim welterweight champ suffered a gruesome knee injury Saturday night during his bout with Tyron Woodley at UFC 171. According to Kottenstette, Condit was taken to the hospital immediately after the loss, where he was later diagnosed with a possible small meniscus tear and a potentially torn ACL.
The injury appeared to occur from a double-leg takedown in the second round from Woodley. Condit winced in pain immediately as he was getting scooped and dumped on the mat. By the time the referee stood the fight back up, he was already moving with a noticeable limp. Even Woodley admitted to seeing it when speaking to the media at the post-fight press conference.
“[The injury] came from a double-leg takedown,” said Woodley. “I saw that he was hurt, and I went for the finish. I think I was dominating the fight, and that’s a tough guy to dominate in general.”
Woodley followed up the takedown on the feet by landing a left leg kick hard enough to cause Condit to go airborne and land awkwardly on his planted right leg. Condit immediately dropped to the ground clutching his right knee, and the referee stepped in at the 2:00 mark to stop the fight.
Per the Serdog.com report, the doctor will wait for the swelling in Condit’s knee to subside before administering an MRI back in Albuquerque, N.M.
Whether in the cage or in training, gruesome leg injuries seem to be a common theme in the MMA world these days. Some of us are still cringing at the mere thought of Anderson Silva’s bone-shattering injury at UFC 168.
Twitter was ripe with condolences from other fighters after Condit went down:
Damn I feel so bad for @CarlosCondit right now....— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) March 16, 2014
Damn I feel bad for condit! Hope nothing serious! #UFC171— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 16, 2014
That sucks for Condit.., always love watching him fight. Hopefully it’s nothing too bad. #UFC171 great showing for Woodley!— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) March 16, 2014
Hate to c that happen to anyone's knee!! condit-I feel ur pain. #ufc171— Dominick Cruz (@TheDomin8r) March 16, 2014
Good work on replay of Condit knee twist/finishing kick. Woodley did what he had to do. Both had great moments. Fun fight! #UFC171— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) March 16, 2014
Hopefully Condit’s ligaments are intact and he avoids the long and uncertain road of ACL recovery.
Keep reading Bleacher Report as more news becomes available on this developing story.
Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon.