Jessica Ruiz was scheduled to fight Jennifer Chieng Dugwen at Ring of Combat 24, in New York City, New York. The fight was set to take place at strawweight (115-pounds) Friday, February 2, 2018, Live from the Capitale, at 130 Bowery, New York City.
Late Sunday afternoon, Jessica Ruiz suffered an injury during practice. Monday evening Ruiz received the bad news from the MRI informing her that her ACL was torn. No surgery date has been scheduled, but ligament reconstruction is required. The recovery for a torn ACL is anywhere from 9 to 14 months, including physical therapy, depending on the athlete.
“I’m so sad,” Ruiz said to My MMA News. A replacement fighter for Ruiz hasn’t been announced as of now, and it’s most likely the fight for Chieng is off as a whole.
This strawweight bout was a highly anticipated fight between two tough women. Ruiz, a brawler that continues to press forward and Chieng, a former Olympic boxer, was expected to deliver fireworks for fans in attendance.
The doors are expected to open at 7 PM for this contest and Fights to begin at 8 PM.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).