Stephen Thompson Confirms He Tore Quadriceps Tendon in Geoff Neal Fight

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Stephen Thompson recently joined the Weighing In podcast hosted by John McCarthy and Josh Thompson. During the interview, Thompson gave a confirmation on a quad injury that he suffered in his fight vs Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17.

“Tore my quad,” Thompson said when asked about the leg injury he appeared to have suffered in his fight vs. Neal. “I tore my quad. Outside (part of my quad).”

“So the only knee I’m pretty sure I’ve ever thrown in a fight, I ended up injuring myself,” Thompson said. “So I ended up tearing my quad – I thought it was my kneecap. So I was bending my leg trying to get my kneecap back in place, but it wasn’t moving. I was like, ‘no that’s not my kneecap, what is that?’ And then I didn’t realize until after the fight it was just my muscle had bundled up right above my knee where it had tore.”

Thompson didn’t mention how long doctors said his recovery is going to take, however if he undergoes surgery, expected recovery time for an injury like this is about four to six months before returning to competition.


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