Antonio Carlos Junior
Cara de Sapato

Brazil

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/1/2020
Rehabbing torn ACL
MiddleweightUFC
Out
April 1, 2020
Carlos Junior underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL approximately four weeks ago and is currently hopeful for a late-2020 matchup against Brad Tavares, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlos Junior continues to work through physical therapy with most of the world in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and expects to be ready again within the standard six-month recovery timetable. The injury was suffered in a sparring session, but Carlos Junior expects to resume training in approximately one month. Prior to the injury, Carlos Junior was scheduled to face Brad Tavares at UFC Brasilia on March 14, but Tavares withdrew due to injury and was replaced by Makhmud Muradov. Carlos Junior later had to withdraw himself, but remains hopeful the UFC will hit the reset button and simply return to the Tavares matchup once the company is able to resume a normal schedule.
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Set for knee surgery
MiddleweightUFC
Out
January 14, 2020
Carlos Junior will undergo surgery on a torn ACL in his left knee, Guillherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The surgery explains why Carlos Junior withdrew from his scheduled fight against Makhmud Muradov at UFC Brasilia on March 14. The procedure will presumably keep Carlos Junior out for quite a while, though his target return date has yet to be announced.
Scratched with injury
MiddleweightUFC
Out
January 13, 2020
Carlos Junior will not fight Makhmud Muradov in Brasilia in March after being scratched with an unspecified injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's not clear when Carlos Junior is expected to return. The fight will be taken off the card entirely, as Muradov was originally brought in as a replacement after Carlos Junior's original opponent, Brad Tavares, was scratched with a knee injury.
Finds new opponent for UFC Brasilia
MiddleweightUFC
Out
January 5, 2020
Carlos Junior will take on Makhmud Muradov at UFC Brasilia on March 14, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlos Junior was set to fight Brad Tavares before the latter tore his ACL. Muradov will make his third UFC appearance in this bout, and he has won the previous two, including a KO of Trevor Smith in December. Carlos Junior will make his return to the Octagon after a medical suspension, and he lost his two fights to Uriah Hall and Ian Heinisch before the ban.
Needs new opponent
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 30, 2019
Carlos Junior needs a new opponent at UFC Brasilia on March 14 after Brad Tavares (knee) was removed from the card Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two fighters were looking to end two-fight losing streaks in March, but an apparent knee injury will keep Tavares off the card. With over three months remaining before UFC Brasilia, it's likely that the promotion will attempt to search for a new opponent for the middleweight fight.
Draws Tavares at UFC Brasilia
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 2, 2019
Carlos Junior (10-4-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Brad Tavares (17-6-0) in a middleweight fight March 14 at UFC Brasilia, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlos Junior was handed a medical suspension after fracturing his nose the last time he entered the Octagon on Sept. 14, but the fact that he's included on the Brasilia card suggests he's received full clearance from doctors at this stage. Like Tavares, the 29-year-old will be looking to shake off a two-fight losing streak after losing in a split decision to Uriah Hall in September and in a unanimous decision to Ian Heinisch last May.