Josh Grispi was turning into a very solid featherweight contender for the WEC right up until he disappeared after a win over Jens Pulver last June. It turns out that he injured himself … back in 2006. Since then, he’s been fighting on a foot that’s been progressively more and more fucked up. That didn’t stop him from going 11-1 in the process and finishing fights in times that would make Shane Carwin jealous. Here’s the details on the injury:
“I was 20 years old and could barely make it down the stairs,” he said. “I was in unbearable pain and everything I did, I had to try to overcompensate for my ankle. I realized this is wrong, and I have to do something to fix it.”
The injuries he sustained in one ankle are about everything you can possibly do: torn ligaments, a torn tendon, a bone chip, inflammation, and calcium deposits around the entire bone.
“It was destroyed,” Grispi said. “When I would kick, it was like there wasn’t anything holding my foot to my shin. It was like it was coming separated. That was the worst thing. It was the worst pain in the world. I don’t even want to think about it.”
Now he’s back and his foot is fixed. He’ll be fighting this Sunday at WEC 49 against LC Davis, who looked about as flat as he could look while still winning in his last fight. I had Grispi winning this fight before I found out he’d been fighting on one leg, so it should be interesting to see how this fight goes now. If there’s anyone on this card that might be able to bring the fight to Jose Aldo, it’s this Grispi kid.