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Jared Hess to return in 4-6 months following knee surgery

CHICAGO, Ill. (June 4, 2010) — Jared Hess, whose grit and determination following a gruesome knee injury at Bellator 20 last Thursday won him legions of new fans across the country, said today that he will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery next week and expects to make a full recovery in 4 to 6 months.

Hess revealed that he sustained the injury – a third-degree tear of the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) – early on in the first round of his Middleweight Tournament semifinal fight against Alexander Shlemenko. Still, he somehow managed to soldier on through the pain for a round-and-a-half until the knee buckled at the conclusion of Round 2 and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

“The thing is, I really didn’t even feel it at the time … I don’t know if it was my adrenaline, but all I could think about was trying to finish that guy,” Hess said. “I had a chance to watch it on TV after the fight and I think it really looked a lot worse than it is. It’s a bad tear, but the three other ligaments (the ACL, the PCL and the MCL) are all fine. My spirits are high, and I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll be back in the cage soon. The thing I’m most upset about is that, in my eyes, I was winning that fight. I’d love to get a rematch with [Shlemenko] once I come back.”

Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney, meanwhile, vowed that Hess “will always have a home with Bellator,” calling the 26-year-old Oklahoman “the personification of the Bellator spirit.”

“Jared Hess is really a throwback to the kind of warrior mentality that existed long ago. You don’t see that very often in sports today and, when you do, it speaks loudly to the power of the human spirit and the will to win,” Rebney said. “I can’t say enough about the character that Jared displayed in our cage last week. His level of courage, determination and never-say-die spirit is something very special to see. Immediately after his knee buckled and the referee forced Jared to sit down, he turned to me and started asking me to step in and tell the referee that he should be allowed to finish the fight. He did exactly the same thing last year in his championship fight against Hector Lombard, when he argued with the doctor to let him keep fighting with a gaping cut on his head. I’m proud that Jared is a part of our organization and I am 100 percent confident that he’ll be back fighting again under the Bellator banner better than ever following his rehab.”

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  • Rece Rock says:

    “the personification of the Bellator spirit.”

    yeah that sums it up… BFC!

  • cocoonofhorror says:


  • Guthookd says:

    who?  (Quote)

    Man Coco, if you missed that one you missed a hell of a display of pure determination.

    Go find it and check it out. Jared Hess. One of the toughest SOB’s around today.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    that injury was nasty, and it ruined a good fight, that third rounds coulda gone either way, Schlemenko started to land a few, Jared got rocked, shame it went the way it did.
    Hess looked good last year, looked better this year, wish him well


    Jared Hess all the way

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Alexander showed an improved ground game, had a few submission attempts, managed to get up from being on his back once. If he keeps improving his ground game and tightens up his striking he should really be a threat. He seems kind of small for a MW so if he dropped down to WW I think he would be a serious contender in the UFC. He’s facing Bryan Baker next which is an even better wrestler than Hess so I don’t see Shlemenko doing well, but I doubt he’ll get stopped. But you never know. Same goes the other way, if Baker runs straight into a Shlemenko knee as hes going for the takedown, we might have another upset.

  • nothing_shank says:

    That was gruesome! There was about 6in of separation from his knee cap to his shin. Jared fought on way longer than he should have, but that just goes to prove what bjorn was saying about him. The kid is a fucking animal. Point-blank.

  • cutman says:

    Hess is a true warrior his knee was out in the first round and it kept popping out in the fight !!!! The guy never even grimaced…..Good luck Jared.


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