Jared Hamman Talks About Dealing With His Leg Injury
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.27.2013
Like tearing the skin off a chicken...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Jared Hamman (13-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) spoke about the injury he received in August 2012 at UFC 150 against Michael Kuiper. He ended up losing by TKO in the second round after suffering a leg injury.
He will return Saturday at UFC 164 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee against Magnus Cedenblad (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a Facebook-streamed preliminary fight. It will come before fights on PPV and Fox Sports 1.
On what happened at UFC 150: "Have you ever pulled skin off chicken?. You know how you pull it off, and then at the end you kind of have to tear it? That popping action, I felt that three times, all at the same time, basically – pop, pop, pop. Most people think it happened when he low-kicked me, but it happened when he got double underhooks and then picked me up to throw me over and take me down. I stuck my leg out, and normally I would pull my leg under me, but my foot got caught on the mat, and I didn't have time to do that. It felt like when you pull the meat off chicken. It pulled all three of the ligaments off the bone, and they sunk down in my leg."
On continuing to fight: "If you're playing football and you get hurt, are you just going to walk off the field and stop playing? No, the coaches are going to have to drag me off the field. I kind of had that mentality from football. In football, you're always getting hurt. You're getting smashed. You're getting dinged up. That's just the mentality. I love this game so much. I love fighting so much. In my mind, I tear my hamstring, I'm like, 'OK, I still have my left foot. I still have my left hand. I still have my right hand. I'm good to go. You're going to have to drag me out of this cage.'"
On recovering from the torn hamstring: "There's a big scar on the back of my leg. It's been tons of rehab. Tons. I was at a point where when I was laying on my stomach, I couldn't even lift up my leg. To go from there to now, where I can actually fight, it blows my mind. Those guys are amazing, amazing doctors."