Freddy Assuncao had six consecutive wins before a torn anterior cruciate ligament ended that momentum and caused him to pull out of January’s Legacy FC card. Not wanting to be out of action for an extended period of time, he went through an operation that would lessen his time away from competition.
“Dr. [Xerogeanes] used an autograft tendon from my quadriceps,” said Assuncao to MMA Weekly. “The healing is longer, but it’s from my own body.”
The approach was different from UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who used a cadaver tendon, which his body rejected after nine months of recovery.
Assuncao’s healing is ahead of most athletes and he’s looking to start a training camp in July or August, which would be around six months after the surgery.
At 7-1, Assuncao thinks two more impressive wins will land him a UFC contract before the calendar year is up.