Luigi Vendramini worked at family business to make money after botched knee surgery delayed UFC return



a man in a boxing ring: Brazilian lightweight Luigi Vendramini hasn't fought in almost two years.


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Brazilian lightweight Luigi Vendramini hasn’t fought in almost two years.

Luigi Vendramini had a great start in his UFC debut, giving Elizeu Zaleski some trouble before losing by knockout in Sao Paulo. That happened in Sept. 2018, though, and “The Italian Stallion” hasn’t entered the octagon since. That changes Saturday, when he faces Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Island 4 in Abu Dhabi, and the long journey he went through fuels Vendramini in his pursuit for his first victory under the bright lights of the UFC.

“The worst part was going two years without a fight, not having any expectation of a life as an athlete, and being in pain,” Vendramini said during an interview with MMA Fighting.

The “traumatic” experience started after the Zaleski fight, when he had to go under the knife to fix a right knee ACL injury. Vendramini decided to travel

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