The fighter suffered a broken arm in that bout, but didn’t know that until going to the emergency room after the fight to get his eye checked out.
“I broke the arm in the fight somewhere, I don’t know,” Tavares told MMA Junkie Radio. “They sent me to the ER to go stitch up my eye, I had a huge cut. While I’m sitting there, my arm swells up, and after that post-fight adrenaline dump you start feeling things. It doesn’t hurt; it’s just throbbing a little bit. I’m like, ‘While I’m here, while it’s covered under UFC’s insurance, I might as well get the (X-ray) just to be safe.’ I get the image, the guy is like, ‘Your arm is fractured, but the good news is it’s still in line, it hasn’t moved, so we’re going to put a splint.'”
Tavares also stated in the interview that the doctor didn’t like the way the broken arm was healing, adding to the nightmare that has been the recovery process.
A surgical procedure was recently completed on the arm, which was the first time Tavares ever went under the knife.
“Now going forward, if something like this happens again, I’ll know,” Tavares said. “But I’ve never, ever had surgery before.”
There is no word yet on when Tavares will return to action, but more should be known as the injury heals up.