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Jussier Formiga avoids serious knee injury, but needs shoulder surgery after UFC 250 loss

UFC 250: Formiga v Perez
Jussier Formiga (right) injured his knee and shoulder against Alex Perez in Las Vegas.
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Alex Perez stopped Jussier Formiga with leg kicks at UFC 250, but the knee wasn’t the reason why the Brazilian flyweight needed to go under the knife after all.

Formiga had surgery in the United States
Photo via Jussier Formiga

Formiga feared for a serious knee injury during the 125-pound bout on June 6, but told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that post-fight tests showed he only had leg contractures.

His right shoulder required a procedure, though.

“I ended up having shoulder surgery and will be sidelined for a bit,” Formiga said. “I also felt (the shoulder) in the fight. I hurt it in camp and ended up doing a MRI, and it showed an injury.”

Formiga expects to be sidelined from training for 8 to 10 weeks.

The loss to Perez in Las Vegas put Formiga (23-8) in the longest skid of his MMA career, a trio of defeats that includes a decision to Brandon Moreno and a knockout against Joseph Benavidez.

Perez, on the other hand, improved to 24-6 in the sport with six wins in seven UFC appearances.

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