33-Year-Old UFC Bantamweight 12-4-0
September 26, 2017 Mitch Gagnon News
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Gagnon (ACL) suffered an injury before his fight with Brett Johns that was set for UFC Glasgow back in July and is taking time to heal properly, Keith Dempsey of The Sudbury Star reports.
Gagnon was scheduled for his first fight of 2017 against Brett Johns, but suffered an undisclosed injury that forced him to drop out of the fight. It is now known that Gagnon suffered a torn ACL during training camp, the same ACL he tore back in 2014 when he lost to Renan Barao. Last time around, Gagnon was pushing for a quick return to the Octagon. This time is a different story. The fighter states that he is in no rush to return and plans to take whatever time he needs to ensure a full, healthy recovery. There is no definite timetable for Gagnon's return, but ACL injures can take about six to nine month to recover from including intense physical therapy and that doesn't include getting back into fighting shape.
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Fantasy AnalysisGagnon suffered an undisclosed injury and was forced to withdraw from his bantamweight fight against Brett Johns. He has been replaced by Albert Morales, who has a 7-1-1 career record (1-1-1 UFC).
Fantasy AnalysisGagnon will enter the Octagon with two straight losses. However, he has a 12-4 record (4-3 UFC) with 11 submission wins. Gagnon also has a 67 percent takedown defense and a 63 percent significant strike defense. Both bantamweights seem to prefer a grappling style, so this fight will most likely end up on the mat.
Fantasy AnalysisGagnon dominated Lopez in Round 1 to the point that it could have been scored 10-8, but he could do absolutely nothing the rest of the way. While Gagnon held his own in the striking game, he was unable to get off of his back whenever Lopez scored a takedown and that ultimately ended up costing him the fight. Saturday's was Gagnon's first fight in nearly two years and he looked rusty following his quick start. If you're going to take as much time off as Gagnon has, you better fight more effectively when you finally make your triumphant return.
Fantasy AnalysisGagnon last fought in the UFC in December of 2014, when he lost to former champion Renan Baro via third-round submission. He hasn't entered the Octagon in a sanctioned fight since then, but the 32-year-old Ontario native will get a chance to begin his career once more in front of a home crowd. Gagnon is 4-2 in six UFC fights, and 11 of his 12 professional victories have been earned with a submission.