After her UFC 161 loss to Alexis Davis, Rosi Sexton began to experience issues with her neck. She said she's not sure at what point in the fight she sustained the injury, but the symptoms were surely there after the fact.
As time passed, the injury got worse, even as she was heading into her recent fight at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England – another loss, this time to Jessica Andrade. But prior to the bout, an MRI scan revealed Sexton had two “prolapsed discs,” Sexton said. The pain was there, but the fighter carried on as though nothing was the matter.
“I managed to work through it in training and I don't think it was a crucial factor in the outcome,” Sexton told MMAWeekly.com. “However, it's been getting worse and it's now reached the point where I need to have it treated.”
All signs point to Sexton requiring surgery for her neck in 2014. An upcoming appointment with a consultant will give her a clear indication about what step she takes next.
Sexton said that she's not sure if she will ever fight again. The UFC chose not to keep Sexton on its roster.
The surgery will ultimately determine if the 36-year-old, 11-year veteran will ever be able to step in the cage again. With the information she has to date, Sexton said she knows it's going to be a while until she gets the chance to fight again.
We'll have to wait and see, she said.
“A lot will depend on the outcome of the surgery and rehabilitation,” Sexton said. “I hope to be able to have at least a few more fights. At a minimum, I will be out of competition for six months following the surgery.”
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