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By David Tees on 1/31/2024 7:00 PM

Tatiana Suarez was scheduled to fight Amanda Lemos at UFC 298, but was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury.

A recovering Suarez has now revealed that a knee injury is what led to her pulling out of the bout against Lemos.

“They told me not to tell people what it is, but it’s like kind of one of those things if you just ask anybody who trains with me, they’re like, ‘Yeah, Tatiana’s knee is hurt a little bit,'” Suarez said on the Two Straws Podcast (transcript via Matthew Wells of MMA Junkie). “It’s not a big injury, but it’s a very strange injury.

“Basically what happened was my knee just completely swelled, like got so swollen where I couldn’t bend it or do anything. All I could do was literally hit mits. If I go hard, it starts to hurt, so I have to tone it down. I couldn’t bend my knee completely, so I couldn’t do any grappling or any wrestling, or any sparring.”

There is no word yet on when Suarez, who is ranked #2 in the women’s strawweight division, will be returning to action.

Suarez also revealed that she has taken advantage of the injury situation to improve her skills as a boxer.

“The other day I did do boxing,” Suarez said. “… If you watch all of my fights, I’m more of a kicker. It forced me to actually box, and I was doing OK. I was like, ‘Oh hell yeah! I’m Muhammad Ali!'”