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Junior dos Santos undergoes successful surgery on knee

UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos underwent successful surgery on his injured meniscus this past week, according to his coach, Luiz Carlos Dorea.

Dos Santos defeated Cain Velasquez in November for the UFC heavyweight title, securing his first championship inside the Octagon with a vicious first round TKO victory. Dos Santos revealed after the fight that he suffered a meniscus tear during training and was on crutches for several days before the bout.

Before he went into surgery, dos Santos sent out the following through his Twitter account, posting, “I’m getting ready for my knee surgery, send good vibes and wish me luck, guys! Amen and thanks for the support, it’s good to know you’re all praying for me.” After his operation, dos Santos added, “Leaving the hospital right now, I’m going back home in Salvador.”

Dos Santos will face an extended period of rehab and training before he returns to action. His next opponent will be determined at the end of the month when Brock Lesnar takes on Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC