Unbeaten German prospect Pascal
Krauss cannot seem to catch a break.
One month after recovering from a torn rotator cuff in his right
shoulder -- the same injury which has sidelined UFC heavyweight
Velasquez for the past 10 months -- the 24-year-old Freiburg
native has suffered a dislocated acromioclavicular (AC) joint in
his left shoulder during preparation for his bout against
Hathaway at UFC
138 on Nov. 5.
Although the new shoulder injury will not require surgery, “Panzer”
will have to stay in the garage for the next six to eight weeks,
making a proper preparation for Hathaway impossible.
“As you can imagine I’m absolutely devastated by wrecking my
shoulder again, as well as the news that I won’t be able to fight
John,” Krauss told Sherdog.com on Tuesday. “I never had a serious
injury in more than 10 years of competing in various combat sports.
Training and competing is my passion. Having to sit out for eight
months was a total nightmare and the prospect of fighting again
this fall was my only silver lining on the horizon. Being on the
shelf again now is just disheartening. I just hope I can make a
complete recovery one more time and come back an even stronger
Panzer in 2012!”
Krauss rose from the regional German circuit to the top of the
European rankings within 30 months between 2008 and 2010. After
winning the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship welterweight title,
he was signed by the UFC in August 2010.
The Gregor Herb
student made his promotional debut at UFC 122 in Oberhausen,
Germany, on Nov. 13, 2010, against previously once-beaten Team
Kaobon submission specialist Mark
Scanlon. Following a three-round war, Krauss was awarded a
unanimous decision, as well as “Fight of the Night” honors.
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