Mizuki Inoue is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The UFC strawweight recently underwent knee surgery.

Inoue took to Instagram to update fans on the situation:


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9月24日 レスリングの練習の際に急に痛みが走りました。その日は歩くのも困難で私の膝も限界がきたと思い、マネージャーと相談してその日に手術を決意しました。元々前十字靱帯損傷しており3年と半年前に手術した左膝ですが、今回その靱帯と別の他の組織が損傷していた為起きた怪我になります。今回前十字靭帯の再建の他、軟骨の切除、変形の調節の計3箇所の手術をしました。9月に怪我をする前からずっと痛みを伴いながらも私が今できる最高パフォーマンスをしてきました。ですが練習でも試合でも万全とはいえないコンディションで行っていたのは事実で、今までそれを公にもしなかったのですが、今回長い休暇をとらさずおえない状況な為みなさんにお伝えする形にしました。試合復帰は1年くらいだと思います。ファンの皆さんには少しお待ちいただく形になりますが、私は私の今できることを精一杯やるのでどうかそれまで待っていてくれたら嬉しいです。 I had an injury my left knee on September 24. Then I couldn’t walk after the training. So I consulted my manager and decided to have surgery. I had a surgery on my left knee October 16th. The contents are repair anterior cruciate ligament of knee with assistance of an endoscope and two other places. I think it will take about a year to return to the fight. I will definitely get stronger and come back, so please wait for me. I’m always thankful for my all coaches, my teammates, my manager, my friends, my family and fans. #surgery #10.16.2020 #comeback #strongwomen #after #1year #ufc

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Inoue is coming off a decision loss to Amanda Lemos at UFC Vegas 7. She is currently 1-1 in UFC fights and her record stands at 14-6 overall.

The 26 year old stated that she had surgery on October 26th to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. She had injured her knee during training the previous month.

Before signing with the UFC she had held the Deep-Jewels 115lbs title and challenged for the Invicta FC strawweight title. Her brother, Naoki Inoue, has also fought for the UFC and is currently on the Rizin roster.

Inoue signed for the promotion as a late replacement last year. She came in at short notice and beat Yanan Wu by split decision at UFC Shenzhen, fighting at flyweight.

Inoue saw several fights fall through due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But she returned in August, dropping down to strawweight for the decision loss to Lemos.