Battle of Wounded Knee

Alfredo Garcia
By Alfredo Garcia
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The promising career of MMA middleweight Jared Hess took a sharp turn for the worse on Sunday at about the same time as his left knee took a sharp turn away from the rest of his body.

Hess was up against Russian Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 20. He first felt something wrong in the first round during a takedown defense.

"It popped,” said Hess, “My knee was done. It wasn’t hurting. I just had no support. I couldn’t push off on it.”

Despite this he fought on for another ten minutes before time and a Shlemenko knee caught up with him. Even then, not being one to complain, he tried to continue before the referee noticed his leg was bent all kinds of wrong.

A post fight scan revealed a torn LCL, a meniscus tear and ligamentous laxity, which apparently means his ligaments are flopping around like wet noodles. Another reminder that the human knee was just not designed for modern pseudo sports. Thanks a lot, God.

(Before you ask, this is not the same Jared Hess who directed Napoleon Dynamite. I checked. Vote for Pedro)

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