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Back from the dead: UFC veteran returns to the octagon after 16 (!) surgeries



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UFC featherweight Ryan Hall has been out of action for a long time. Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Haunted by injuries over the last few years, grappling ace Ryan Hall hasn’t stepped foot inside the octagon since December 2021.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, the UFC fighter gave a resume of his latest injuries and claimed he looks to be back in the cage this fall.

“I spent about 10 years not being injured, then I just got a couple of bad luck (injuries), like getting fallen on a couple of times. (I) tore a hip flexor really badly prior to my first fight in 2021, and had a really, really bad tear in the bottom of my foot. So a lot of things started to add up. I broke my hand in that first fight in 2021, had that fight in December, and then went into the next year.”

“I was going to do ADCC, going to do some competitions, and I had actually just agreed to a fight in August of 2022, but unfortunately got fallen on, tore my ACL, tore my meniscus and it’s been 16 surgeries since.”

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Ryan Hall: “MMA is all I care about”

The time away from professional fighting made the featherweight longing to get back in the octagon again.

“MMA is all I care about,” Ryan Hall said. “My hope is to compete around, realistically, August-September and then try and get in two this year.”

In his last fight, back in December 2021, he defeated Darrick Minner via unanimous decision. Hall is 5-1 in the UFC with his sole loss coming to Ilia Topuria, who’s currently ranked at N0. 9 in the stacked featherweight division.

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