Gordon Ryan to undergo reconstructive knee surgery

It looks like the king may have to temporarily his abdicate throne as the best in the world.

On Feb. 2, Gordon Ryan suffered a severe tear of his lateral collateral ligament in a winning effort against Joao Gabriel Rocha at Kasai Super Series and it looks like the damage might well be worse than anticipated. Ryan injured his knee during a saddle entry against Rocha, but he was able to take home a points victory.

Ryan announced on Facebook that he will be undergoing reconstructive surgery next week and a timeline for his return is not known at the time of writing.

LCL reconstructive surgery is no small matter and it is likely that Ryan will be out for a number of months. One similar case we can look at is Tony Ferguson, who suffered a similar tear prior to his scheduled match with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. Ferguson managed to get back to competing in 6 months, so there still might be a chance that we will see Ryan at ADCC in September.

GrapplingInsider.com will keep you posted on all the news regarding Gordon Ryan and his road back to the mats.