Former Bellator MMA Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas suffered a fractured leg during a quick knockout loss to Michael McDonald at Bellator 202.
Surgery is being performed on that injured leg today, but it was a procedure the fighter didn’t know he needed until arriving in Brazil.
“I’ll undergo surgery tomorrow afternoon,” Dantas told MMA Fighting. “I fractured the fibula and will have to have surgery mostly because of the fibula, but also because of the ligaments. I visited three doctors [in Brazil] and they said I needed emergency surgery. They said, ‘I don’t understand how those other doctors told you [you didn’t need surgery]. Your foot is too swollen and the bone is out of place. It’s an emergency.’”
Dantas is expected to be able to train again in about two months, but has to undergo physical therapy for three weeks first. There is no date yet as to when Dantas is expected to compete again.
The former bantamweight champion is currently in the midst of a two fight losing streak, which is the longest of the former champions professional MMA career. Dantas suffered those losses to the aforementioned Michael McDonald and Darrion Caldwell, with his last win coming in April of 2017.