Regis Sugden
Regis Sugden, copyright MMA Plus.

It has been reported that BAMMA Featherweight Regis Sugden (3-1) will have to undergo foot surgery to repair a dropped instep.

In early March, MMA PLUS reported that Sugden had suffered a foot injury and was forced out of his Featherweight debut against Huseyin Garabet at BAMMA 25: Champion vs. Champion.

Originally, Sugden was set for treatment, including Prolotherapy to rebuild the dropped instep, which he started in January. However, he was still struggling with pain as well as swelling in his foot after completing the initial course of treatment.

Regis’s head coach, Dean Sugden commented on the injury and the importance of having correct rehabilitation.

He said: “Not surprisingly, this was giving us cause for concern so I insisted that we had an MRI to establish exactly what was causing the on-going problem.

“The results weren’t good and it was clear that the only course of action would be surgery to reattach ligament to bone, repair ligaments on the outside of the foot and shorten the tendon on the inside.

“Obviously there’s quite a bit of work to do and Regis is now facing an even longer lay off. But he knew all along that there were still problems that hadn’t been fixed so having his own concerns confirmed by the results of the scan came as a huge relief to him.

“Now our main priority is to get this operation out of the way and start his rehabilitation.”

There is no official time frame for Sugden’s comeback, although the Newark fighter’s camp are aiming for an early 2017 return.