To be an elite mixed martial artist, one must be truly committed to the sport. Sometimes that means giving up most of what you own in order to further your career. UFC veteran and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 alum Josh Burkman made just such a commitment, but he is now on the sidelines healing an injured knee.

“I’ve realized that [younger MMA fighters] now put everything they have into fighting,” the 31-year-old Burkman told Sherdog.com. “You have to keep yourself in shape between fights. I looked back at my career and realized that I trained for each fight. I didn’t train to be the best. That’s why I got rid of my house, sold a lot of my stuff and put everything aside and focused on training to be the best. I wanted to see how good I can be.”

Burkman (Pictured, File Photo) was training for a fight at Amazon Forest Combat 1 in Brazil in September when the injury occurred.

“I had a fight scheduled, and the camp really went well,” said Burkman, who owns 13 finishes among his 21 professional wins. “It was four days out. I was good weight-wise, and everything was right where I needed it to be, but I got hurt and dislocated my kneecap. I’d finally put it all together and this happened.”

Burkman said he did not immediately realize how badly he was hurt and instead tried to finish the practice session.

“I was doing some kickboxing, then switched to wrestling and ground-and-pound drills,” said Burkman. “During the ground-and-pound, my knee started hurting worse than usual. I got it drained, pushed myself hard at practice the next day and it kept swelling, so I had to pull out of the fight.”

Burkman had torn his patellar tendon and medial retinaculum, in addition to popping a bursa sac in his knee and straining his quadriceps muscle. Burkman’s orthopedic surgeon hoped to avoid surgery and instead placed the fighter on a physical therapy regimen. However, Burkman pushed his rehab too hard and his knee started to swell, drawing his doctor’s ire along with an ultimatum.

“After I had to go see the surgeon again, he gave me one more chance to keep from having surgery,” said Burkman, who holds wins over Josh Neer, Drew Fickett and Chad Reiner. “That was about three weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been resting it and icing my knee. I went and saw the doctor again, and he was impressed with the progress I’d made. He said surgery wasn’t necessary for now, but if it starts swelling again, I’ll need surgery.”

Instead of viewing his injury as coming at the worst possible time, Burkman has instead chosen to look on the bright side when it comes to his forced time off.

“This injury has really mellowed me and helped me see where my career needs to go,” said Burkman. “It’s helped me see how good I might be if I’m really dedicated to the sport. [The injury] has held me back, but everything happens for a reason, and I still think I’m going to get a second chance at the UFC.”

For now, Burkman must play the waiting game. It is one he is willing to play to get another chance at fighting in the Octagon. He last fought in the UFC in October 2008, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Pete Sell.

“It’s a slow process, but I’m getting better every day,” said Burkman. “It’ll be another four to six weeks before I can do much of anything. I’ve talked to some of the people at the UFC, and they would like me to get one more win before I can come back. I want to win another fight, get a UFC contract and show people that I haven’t just been sitting around.

“When fighters get hurt, they talk about coming back better than ever, but I’m hoping to really show that,” he concluded. “But until I can get back in the gym, I’m just going to keep my knee elevated and iced and watch some football.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Daniel Cormier Injured, Out of UFC 197 Headliner with Jon Jones

  • 28 days ago
  • 120 views

All joking aside, injury has forced Daniel Cormier out of the UFC 197 headliner opposite Jon Jones. read news >>

Rashad Evans asked for Jon Jones rematch, but UFC on FOX 19 booking nixed that

  • 25 days ago
  • 17 views

Rashad Evans definitely wanted another crack at Jon Jones and asked the UFC for the opportunity. The problem was, as it often is, bad timing.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, read news >>

Tony Ferguson Injured; Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira Now Headlines UFC on FOX 19 Main Event

  • 25 days ago
  • 23 views

Tony Ferguson is out of his scheduled UFC on FOX 19 headlining bout opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov. read news >>

John Teixeira injured, out of Bellator 153 co-main event with Patricio Freire

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Bellator will have to find a new co-main event for Bellator 153 as an injury has forced John Teixeira out of his featherweight bout with Patricio Freire.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Oluwale Bamgbose in for Caio Magalhaes against Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FOX 19

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

Caio Magalhaes is injured and out of his UFC on FOX 19 bout with Cezar Ferreira. Heavy hitting Oluwale Bamgbose will step in to face Ferreira on the prelims of the card.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Grimacing Lucas Martins was worried about being cut at UFC Fight Night 86

  • 19 days ago
  • 6 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – An obviously injured Lucas Martins admitted to playing it safe against Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night 86. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Video: Watch Ovince Saint Preux crack Patrick Cummins with slick left hand

  • 12 days ago
  • 13 views

Ovince Saint Preux has the biggest opportunity of his life on Saturday night, as he takes on the world’s best fighter in Jon Jones. But “OSP” isn’t heading into the bout without a few weapons.Filed u read news >>

TUF 23 Fight Replay, Week 2: Cory Hendricks Fights Through Injured Foot, Submits Khalil Rountree

  • 10 hours ago
  • 4 views

Cory Hendricks fights through an injured foot to submit Khalil Rountree and swing the competition back to Team Claudia after the first fight. read news >>