More details are coming out regarding the dual injuries that took both Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard off UFC 130. While it sounds like Gray may have stayed the course if he was still fighting for the belt, Frankie didn’t have much of an option but to pull out.
“All of the reports are talking about my ribs, it’s actually my back. My back’s been bothering me for quite some time. A few weeks ago I had to take a week off so that my back could calm down and I was trying to fight through it,” Edgar explains. “I got through it and it kept blowing out on me here and there but then I ended up blowing out a rib last week. My rib kept popping in and out and then last week my back went out on me really bad, so I went to see a doctor and he said I’ve got bulging discs and now I’m going to go see a specialist to see what he can do about it.”
“I saw a UFC doctor yesterday and he said my L2 and L5 discs are bulged, and he recommended that I don’t fight right now. I can’t even put my socks on or hold my kids, it’s pretty bad right now. I was planning on going through with the fight with the back injury. I didn’t want to postpone the bout at all. I feel like I lost the fight right now,” he says. “I’m very depressed about this whole situation. I’m sure in a couple of days I’ll realize I did the right thing by going to see a doctor. It’s not fair to myself, to Gray, it’s not fair to the fans to take a fight like this. I mean, I’m never 100 percent healthy when I step in the Octagon anyway but this is something different. I’m not even 30% right now. When it’s really inflamed, the pain is excruciating. When [the injury] happened on Saturday the drive back home from Ricardo [Almeida’s gym] was the longest drive of my life.”
If the guy can’t even handle a pair of socks, how could he deal with a blanket like Gray? Another question is how long will it take for Edgar to heal up. On the list of things you don’t want fucked up, your back comes in just after brain and eyes. We learned watching Thiago Silva struggle for the past two years that guys just don’t come back the same. I’d say this magical ‘Move the fight to UFC Pittsburgh’ solution is sounding less likely than before.