More than two months ago, Oktagon announced that Matej Peñáz was badly injured. The fight with Vlast Čep had to be postponed again and it is questionable whether we will ever see it with such bad luck. Now Peňáz spoke about how his recovery is going.
Matej Peňáz is undoubtedly one of the biggest hopes of domestic MMA. The twenty-six year old fighter has been a stand-up fighter in the past, but now he is more versatile and would like to make it to the UFC.
He fought for a contract in the prestigious organization as part of Contender last fall, but fell to Sedriques Dumas after a submission, who subsequently received a contract.
As a result, Peñaz returned to the Octagon and defeated Joel dos Santos by first round KO at the end of the year. This set up a fight that had been pending for several years.
His opponent was supposed to be Vlasto Cepo, but their matchup has not yet happened. More than two months ago, Money was badly injured and it was certain that we would not see him in the cage for several months.
“First the problem was that my hand was swollen and I couldn’t move it because of the cast. But the swelling is slowly going down, the range of motion has improved a lot, but there is still not that fluidity of movement in the joint. That will take time. But for the fact that it’s the eighth week now, the range is great,” he said in an interview with Sport.cz.
His comeback is still not yet a reality, but the question had to be asked anyway. “It looks good so far, I have to knock it. I had in my mind maybe the beginning of autumn, but we’ll see. If things go well, the end of summer/beginning of autumn could be realistic,” he added.
And who could be his first opponent after his return? One name is more than likely, after all everyone wants to end the rivalry with Čep.
“I know that this match has to come as soon as possible and we will see how I am. If I’m 100% sure, it shouldn’t be a problem to go straight to him. But I’m sure I have to take into account how long the break will be.
Maybe until the end of the year, but I don’t think so, that would be quite a long time. We’ll also see what the promoters want and how they get on with the managers. It’s such a never-ending story and I’m so tired of it,” finished Money.
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