Gilbert Burns Reveals He Tore His AC Joint In UFC 288 Loss, Avoids Surgery

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Gilbert Burns has avoided surgery on his arm.

In the first round of his UFC 288 fight against Belal Muhammad, the Brazilian went for a takedown and landed on his arm awkwardly and he felt immediate pain. After the round, he told his corner and in the rest of the fight, he had to shake out his arm plenty of times and admitted he thought about quitting multiple times.

“I thought about quitting many times,” Burns said on his YouTube channel about his injury. “I didn’t, but I thought about it. It was that mental battle.”

Depite not quitting, Gilbert Burns suffered a one-sided decision loss to Belal Muhammad. The loss was disappointing as with a win, Burns would have gotten a title shot, and now he will need to string together a few wins before he is back in the title picture.

Burns Details the Injures He Sustained

Yet, before any of that can happen, Burns will need to rehab his injury as he revealed he tore his AC joint among other injuries. However, the good news for the Brazilian is he won’t need surgery as he can just rest and rehab the injury.

“I have AC joint torn, but it’s the second-to-third grade,” Burns said. “I have the dilatory torn. On the trap I have a muscle torn, and I have a sprain on my C-4 and my C-5 (on my neck). But all to those are partial. Nothing major. Thank God I don’t need no surgery. I’m taking a strong inflammatory. I’ve been sleeping most of the time. As of right now it doesn’t hurt because I’m taking so much medicine. The good news is I don’t need surgery. It’s going to be between two to three months recovery. I’ve got to do a lot of rest the first three weeks. I don’t think I even have PT. I’m just going to get a brace (for my arm). The good thing was all partial.”

With Burns not needing surgery, he likely can return soon but still will be sidelined for several months. When and who he will fight in his return is also uncertain at this time.

Published on May 11, 2023 at 10:56 am
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