UFC women’s straw Tatiana SuarezThe dream of winning a medal at the 2012 London Olympics was halted in 2011. While preparing to compete in the wrestling category at the prestigious Games, Suarez suffered a neck injury and was later, via MRI and CAT scan, diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
A California resident, who was only 20 at the time, began radiation therapy and underwent surgery to remove lymph nodes and thyroid. Fortunately, the operation was successful.
In 2013, Tatiana Suarez became interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which took her on a path of mixed martial arts. She also managed to win gold medals at the world jiu-jitsu championships in 2013 and 2015.
Tatiana Suarez began her professional MMA career in July 2014. After putting together three finishes in her first three fights, the UFC invited her to be part of the 23rd season of its cult reality show Ultimate Fighter.
Suarez was involved Claudia Gadelhateam and continued to win the tournament by defeating Amanda Cooper over D’Arce Choke in the opening round of their fight.
The 30-year-old has competed in the UFC four more times since winning the TUF and has won each time. Her undefeated run in the UFC includes a win over former UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza.
The California resident holds an undefeated MMA record of 8-0. Her last fight took place in June 2019 at UFC 238. She lost at pay-per-view Nina Nunes by unanimous decision.
Tatiana Suarez is leaving UFC 266 due to injury
Tatiana Suarez posted a video on Instagram to announce that she suffered a knee injury and will not be able to compete in the UFC 266 event.
“I suffered a very severe knee injury and now I need surgery. I can’t believe this is my reality, but it’s true. And when they make a story about me, it will be the most beautiful story because when I make my comeback, it will be amazing.” Tatiana Suarez said in her Instagram video.
The 30-year-old was due to return to the octagon after a two-year dismissal against Roxanne Modafferi on Sept. 25, but it looks like fans will have to wait a little longer to witness the return of the undefeated fighter into action.
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