Brazilian Carlos Eduardo Rocha suffered his first career loss earlier this year when Jake Ellenberger was awarded a split decision over at UFC 126.
Rocha, who has not fought since, found out some bad news, as he suffered broken elbows in both his arms and has been on the sidelines since.
Rocha (9-1) first had surgery on his left elbow, but still wasn’t feeling all that great. A second visit to the doctor revealed a break in the right one.
“After the fight (against Ellenberger) I got check up and I found out my two elbows were broken. They were dislocated and I had broken links,” Rocha told Tatame.com in an interview from his new home in Hamburg, Germany, recently. I was feeling much pain, but I thought it was simple, that it’d go away, because I couldn’t completely stretch out. I’ve got into a surgery of my left elbow two months after the fight, I started training a bit, but I couldn’t play it.
“I got an X-ray and they found out about the other one, the right one, and it was worse. I had to go under another surgery in June and I started doing physiotherapy last week. I’m 100-percent now, I’m back to the training, but I need to keep doing physiotherapy sessions so I got my arm fixed, because it’s worn.”
Rocha made his UFC debut with a submission victory over Kris McCray via kneebar. Of his nine wins, eight of them have come by submission.
While still working to get back in fight shape, Rocha has his sights set on following in the footsteps of current UFC 205-pound champion Jon Jones.
“Next time, I’ll want it badly, I’ll really go for it…I’ll fight 1,000-percent,” Rocha said. “My first dream was always to be a part of UFC. Now (it) is to earn the title. I’ll fight (current welterweight champion) Georges St-Pierre or whoever holds the belt. I’ll do like Jon Jones, one fight after the other. I’ll fight whoever I have to so I can make up the lost time.”