Bellator President Scott Coker gives update on Goiti Yamauchi following grotesque knee injury

By Fernando Quiles - March 12, 2023

Goiti Yamauchi suffered a nasty knee injury at the conclusion of his Bellator 292 scrap with Michael Page.

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Yamauchi and Page shared the cage inside the SAP Center in San Jose, California. This one only last 26 seconds as Page landed a leg kick that totaled Yamauchi’s knee for the TKO finish. It was not a pretty sight, and it was quite clear that Yamauchi suffered an injury that will keep him out of action for a while.

Bellator President Scott Coker provided an update on the welterweight during the Bellator 292 post-fight press conference (h/t Bloody Elbow).

“Based on the X-ray, it’s a patella tendon rupture,” Coker said. “So that sounds very painful.”

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Abbasi uploaded a video on his YouTube channel and discussed the severity of Yamauchi’s injury and why surgery is required.

“There seems to be a pattern here…. MVP causes serious damage to skeletons. This gap in knee is patella fracture. This needs to be brought back together & fixed surgically (screws & sutures) to allow him to extend knee again. So you want to be a fighter?”

Speaking to reporters during the Bellator 292 post-fight press conference, Page recalled the moment he knew Goiti Yamauchi wasn’t going to continue fighting.

“I saw him go down and I just thought, I don’t know — nerve [damage] or whatever,” Paige said. “But when I saw him grasp his leg, I was like, ‘He’s not getting back up.’ I didn’t see the lump [in his kneecap] until I looked up at the screen. I’m in my celebrating element, and then I actually looked up to see what it was, and it kind of took the energy out of me.”

It’s a tough pill to swallow for Yamauchi, who was hoping to continue to ride the wave of momentum he had with a three-fight winning streak. Yamauchi was also coming off a second-round knockout win over Neiman Gracie. This is Yamauchi’s first defeat since April 2021.


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