Lightweight veteran Din Thomas will be on the shelf for possibly up to four months because of the knee injury he suffered in his first round submission loss to Kenny Florian during the UFC Fight Night 11 main event, according to MMAWeekly.com.
Here's a snip:
"Thomas appeared to suffer the knee injury when shooting in for an unsuccessful wrestling takedown on Florian. Moments later, Florian was on his back peppering him with punches and then locking in a rear naked choke for the submission. Results from an MRI showed that Thomas suffered a torn meniscus, stretched anterior cruciate ligament, and bruised femur and tibia."
"Dinyero" will see a specialist next week and more than likely have surgery sometime in October. The rehabilitation is expected to take two weeks, at which time he can resume light training.
And while the rehab time seems short, the report indicates that Thomas might not get back in the cage until early 2008. That's certainly a set back for an experienced fighter who was in the hunt for a title shot less than three weeks ago.
Thomas mentioned that he would like to rematch Florian once he is healthy.