UFC flyweight shares a knee update after insisting on not tapping to THAT Kneebar

British flyweight prospect Muhammad Mokaev made headlines when he took on Brazilian debutant Jafel Filho in a prelims bout at UFC 286.

Going into his fourth UFC outing and third at home, Mokaev  was a -800 favorite in some sportsbooks. However, the bout did not go according to plan, as Filho put Mokaev through arguably the toughest test of his career so far.

In round 3, Filho caught ‘The Punisher’ in a vicious-looking kneebar, causing an injury that left Mokaev unable to walk. After showing immense grit in deciding not to tap, Mokaev miraculously slipped out and went on to score one of the biggest come-from-behind victories of all time by submitting the debutant with a RNC with hardly half a minute left on the clock.

Following the event, Mokaev provided an update on the injury caused due to the kneebar, revealing that he could not walk and planned to do an MRI soon.

Mokaev also doubled down and fired back against fans who think he should’ve tapped.

“Seen some tweets saying,
you didn’t tap but you might risk to end your career!
I rather end my career without being quitter..
I’m in crazy pain right now but if I would tap it would hurt my heart even more”

He also shared a picture showing that the affected knee had ballooned up and claimed that Filho had a “metal groin guard.”

However, controversy soon surrounded Mokaev’s win, as footage emerged showing him tapping at one point during round 1. Even more bewildering is the fact that he did not tap to the kneebar that caused his injury. Mokaev’s tap came late in round 1 as ‘Pastor’ landed a few blows to his head from guard.

In the press conference, Mokaev mentioned a shoulder injury and even offered to prove it with ‘scans’ in the immediate aftermath. When asked about the controversial tap, the 22-year-old denied tapping in the first round, stating that he made a noise and that Filho squeezed more, but he was over his knees and could still breathe.

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Knee joint swelling can be a common occurrence, often resulting from injuries or underlying medical conditions. However, when the swelling is severe, it can indicate a more serious problem. One of the main causes of significant swelling in the knee joint capsule is ruptured ligaments.

The knee joint capsule is a protective sac that surrounds the knee joint, containing synovial fluid that lubricates and nourishes the joint. The capsule also has a network of blood vessels that supply nutrients and oxygen to the knee joint structures.

When the knee joint is injured, the blood vessels within the joint capsule can rupture, causing bleeding and subsequent swelling. However, the amount of swelling within the joint capsule can vary, depending on the severity of the injury and the extent of damage to the blood vessels.

In cases of severe knee joint swelling, the only source of blood capable of causing that degree of swelling when ruptured is the ligaments. This is because there is little else in terms of blood supply within the joint to contribute to such a large effusion.

The knee joint is supported by four major ligaments: the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). These ligaments play a crucial role in maintaining the stability and integrity of the knee joint.

When a ligament is ruptured, it can cause significant pain, swelling, and instability in the knee joint.