UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar

UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar

UFC 130 was hit with a major blow this week when the main event lightweight title bout between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard was called off due to injuries to both fighters.

Several reports pointed to Edgar’s ribs as the primary factor in his withdrawal, but he spoke with UFC.com on Tuesday, clearing up the situation.

“All of the reports are talking about my ribs, it’s actually my back,” said Edgar. “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. 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.”

Edgar said that he wanted to try and work through the pain and fight on May 28, but his back injury was so severe that he just couldn’t. He’s not even at 30 percent of his usual health.

“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,” Edgar said. “I can’t even put my socks on or hold my kids, it’s pretty bad right now.”

Edgar wasn’t sure when he would be able to return. He is hoping to avoid surgery, and just be able to us rehab to get his back healthy.

“I’m hoping I can rehab it and get better and get back to training in a month, but I can’t give you any solid answer right now as to how long I’ll be out.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Khabib Nurmagomedov pushes return from knee injury back to December

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

Khabib Nurmagomedov is pumping the brakes on his return from knee surgery. After undergoing surgery in May to repair his injured knee, the undefeated contender for the UFC lightweight title had targe read news >>

Raphael Assuncao forced to undergo ankle surgery after all

  • 19 days ago
  • 5 views

Raphael Assuncao's injury woes continues. The bantamweight contender will undergo surgery on his right ankle this Thursday in Atlanta, his manager Danny Rubenstein informed MMAFighting.com. Assuncao read news >>

Raphael Assuncao Injury Setback Further Dims UFC Bantamweight Title Picture

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

The good news is Raphael Assuncao's ankle surgery went well. The bad news is he's not coming back as quickly as originally hoped. Assuncao—perhaps the only even vaguely viable title challenger right read news >>

Initial Reports on Charles Oliveira’s UFC Fight Night 74 Injury are Good, but Inconclusive

  • 7 days ago
  • 15 views

Charles Oliveira, injured in the UFC Fight Night 74 main event, was transported to the hospital afterwards and the initial reports were good, although inconclusive. read news >>

Max Holloway wants a piece of Frankie Edgar after UFC Saskatoon, 'Answer' willing to oblige

  • 6 days ago
  • 21 views

After a shocking injury to Charles Oliveira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 74 this past Sunday night (August 23, 2015), rising UFC featherweight contender Max Holloway was gifted his seventh st read news >>

Strange Strawweight Title-Fight Story Continues, Gadelha Says She's Not Injured

  • 14 hours ago
  • 8 views

The reports of Claudia Gadelha's injury have been greatly exaggerated. That's according to the woman herself, who tweeted Sunday that she is not injured and is ready to challenge UFC women's strawwei read news >>

UFC Fight Night 73 winner Marlon Vera fighting to pay off his daughter's surgery

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

Ecuadorian bantamweight Marlon Vera’s win this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 73 goes toward a much bigger goal than just his career.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Injury Forces New Invicta FC 14 Headlining Title Fight

  • 21 days ago
  • 4 views

Invicta Fighting Championships on Monday released the full fight card for Invicta FC 14, but the announcement included a major change at the top of the bill. read news >>

Jose Aldo UFC 190 media scrum

  • 24 days ago
  • 15 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jose Aldo discusses returning to training following a rib injury, fighting Conor McGregor at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, why he thinks T.J. Dillashaw shouldn’t call him out, his rel read news >>

Frankie Edgar won't wait for winner of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, needs the money

  • 25 days ago
  • 310 views

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar won't be waiting for the outcome of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor. “I’ve got three kids, man. I’m trying to make some money," says Edgar. Last month, the read news >>