Either we need to start jacking our fighters into the Matrix to train or we’re going to have to get used to an endless battery of fight cancellations due to injury. It’s beyond gypsy curse at this point. The UFC must have pissed off gypsies, voodoo witches, the pope, Jesus, and Allah.
The latest fighter to fall victim is Josh Koscheck, who’s out of his UFC 151 fight with Jake Ellenberger due to a bulging disc in his spine. That’s the same injury as Batman, so I’ll assume it’s going to take 5 months to heal.
Also, an update on Rory MacDonald’s injury. I know you assumed the cut that took 38 stitches was caused during a careful and reasonable bout of sparring. But the truth: it was a wild spinning backfist that ripped Rory’s head open:
“I spoke with his coach, Jonathan Chambers, and he said Rory was looking very, very sharp. They said the sharpest they have ever seen him in his preparation against BJ Penn. But his sparring partner threw a technique you are not supposed to throw while sparing and cut MacDonald right above the eye. It was a cut that went right down to the bone. It ended up needing 38 stitches. They want to keep him out of sparring for a month and a half, so it looks like that fight is going to be postponed.”
I don’t know if we should be royally pissed at Rory’s sparring partner or excited to see him in the UFC. A spinning backfist that rips half your opponent’s head off isn’t too shabby.