Sad news for fans of Filthy, Perry Filkins suffered a PCL tear and has to withdraw from the Bellator Middleweight Tournament and his upcoming fight with Brennan Ward. Both Filkins and Ward were victorious in the Quarter-Finals of the tournament earlier this month at Mohegan Sun. Many fans were excited about the all New England war those two beasts would have.
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is about two inches long and connects the femur to the tibia at the back of the knee. It limits the backward or posterior motion of the tibia (shinbone). Twisting or overextending the knee can cause the PCL to tear, leaving the knee unstable and potentially unable to support a person’s full body weight. The PCL is the strongest ligament in the knee, and tears often are associated with traumatic injuries rather than sports injuries. PCL tears can happen when the knee is violently forced backward or when the front of the shin is hit hard
Stepping up to face Brennan Ward is undefeated North Carolina native Joe Pacheco. Pacheco is 6-0 in MMA, and 2-0 in Bellator. Local fans last saw him defeat Pierry Pierre at Bellator 93 in Maine. Five of his six wins have been by the way of stoppage. This is a contrast to previous tournaments where the defeated competitor, in this case Jeremy Kimball, was not awarded the fight. This could be due to injuries Kimball sustained, or the fact that Pacheco was scheduled to face Tyson Jefferies this Friday in Portland for Bellator, and would be well prepared and have a full camp.
When contacted Perry had this to say, “I will be back next season to get that belt. Thank u to all my friends and fans that support me and I promise to be back stronger then ever.”
Get well soon Filthy