When Junior dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez to win the heavyweight championship at UFC on Fox 1 on Nov. 12 in Anaheim, California, he did so after suffering a torn meniscus in his knee just 10 days before the fight.
Or at least that's what he and his doctor are saying.
Interestingly enough, a question that has gone unasked since that information was made available is how exactly he was allowed to fight with such an injury. Naturally, it's Chael Sonnen (via MMA Live) who finally brought it up:
"Biggest story coming out of this night, I'm not going to let us move on until we talk about this -- Junior dos Santos saying he's got a knee injury. Look, if that's marketing, fine. If he legitimately had an injury, this is the biggest story to come out of that night because that is a violation against the Athletic Commission. He signs, under penalty of perjury, a letter stating that he is not hiding any ailment. At best, that's a fine, at worst that's a suspension. I think it's marketing. I think he's lying to the media, and that's fine. If he lies to the government, big problems."
It should be noted that Franklin McNeil quickly noted that dos Santos has already had knee surgery to correct the issues he was having. Are we to assume that means "Cigano" lied to the commission about his knee so he could stay on the card to fight for the title?
On the flip side of the coin, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan claimed Velasquez had to take a shot in his knee beforehand just to compete. That would also raise a few questions about the legitimacy of either the injury or the commission, no?
Either way, it's quite the mess that seems to have flown almost completely under the radar. Is that because no one wants to make waves or because no one cares?