How bad was the injury to Hacran Dias?
Bad enough to require surgery, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) sophomore was forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 34 featherweight scrap against Tatsuya Kawajiri, scheduled for Jan. 4, 2014 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
From MMA Fighting:
"I fought my last couple fights with both hands hurt, and I couldn't even train anymore. I couldn't close or open my hands, couldn't hit the bag or pads, and had no grip, so I decided to have this surgery now. I was training (when the UFC offered me the fight), but the pain was going on and off. It only kept worse. I went to the doctor and he told me I should do the surgery. I was set to fight Rodrigo Damm and then he pulled off the fight with health problems, and now I was going to fight Kawajiri, so I'm going to have this surgery so I won't have any problems in the future."
Kawajiri is expected to remain on the card against an opponent to be named.
Dias (21-2) is 1-1 since joining the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. After securing a unanimous decision win over Yuri Alcantara in his Octagon debut, "Barnabe" was outpointed by Nik Lentz at the UFC on FX 8 event last May.
His return to action is on temporarily on hold pending medical clearance.