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*UPDATED* Exclusive: Gabe Ruediger Pulls Out of UFC 123 Bout with Paul Kelly Due to Injury

("This isn’t how Tony Robbins had me visualize shit going down.")

According to a source close to the fight, Gabe Ruediger has been forced to pull out of a planned UFC 123 bout with Paul Kelly due to a groin injury suffered in training. was informed of the situation over the weekend.

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is looking for a replacement for Godzilla, but as of time of writing a new opponent for Kelly has yet to be signed for the November 20 event in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Ruediger, whose five-fight submission win streak was halted by a first-round Joe Lauzon armbar in his UFC return bout at UFC 118 in August, was looking for a win over Kelly to keep his latest Octagon stint alive. His last UFC run only lasted one fight — a body shot knockout loss to Melvin Guillard prior to his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter 5. Because of his inability to make weight for a scheduled first round bout with Corey Hill on the show, Ruedigar was ordered to leave the TUF house and was not given a bout on the finale card.

The outcome of the bout had equally dire consequences for Kelly, who is 1-2 in his past three outings, having lost by spinning-back-kick TKO to Dennis Siver at UFC 105 last November and by unanimous decision to Jacob Volkmann at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko in August. In between those losses he submitted Matt Veach with a second round guillotine.

Stay tuned to for news on Ruediger’s replacement as we get word of his new opponent.

*Ruediger announced via his website that he suffered a groin injury.

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fightfan- October 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm
Damn....I was looking forward to Gaybe taking another beating! The groin unjury suffered was from the result of a poorly placed colonics tube.
ReX13- October 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Danomite >> I'm working on that female fighter interview, actually.
danomite- October 25, 2010 at 10:34 am
LOL! CP puts "Exclusive" in the title and makes it sound like Gabe or someone in his camp are one of the few people who we haven't alienated yet, and the comments section reads like a Friar's Club Roast of Gabe Ruediger. hahhaha. this place really warms my heart sometimes. Now, isn't it about time we interview some female fighter who would be considered attractive anywhere else so that we can ignore all her accomplishments and pick apart her every minute flaw?
cagedcentaur- October 25, 2010 at 9:24 am
Due to complications during another prefight colonoscopy Gabe will not be able to participate in UFC 123. If I quote TUF that he was on, "I can do it, put me back in the sauna, I can do it!"
Fried Taco- October 25, 2010 at 8:59 am
Groin injury? Any coincidence that it comes right after Arianny's Playboy issue came out?
jimbonics- October 25, 2010 at 8:55 am
Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
DangadaDang- October 25, 2010 at 8:28 am
EXCLUSIVE: Whoever would have won that match would lose their next one. And it was a spinning back kick, not fist, that took out Kelly.

John A- October 25, 2010 at 8:25 am
I smell pussy.

And calling his latest fight a "first round Joe Lauzon armbar" is an uncharacteristically kind description for this site. It was a brutal rape of a fight that had me half covering my eyes. Joe Lauzon made Gabe Ruediger his bitch.
Ballkick- October 25, 2010 at 8:20 am
I wish Gabe's Dad would have "pulled out"
ArmFarmer- October 25, 2010 at 8:19 am
That statement about his mother is unconfirmed by the way.. you may want to verify that headline for accuracey before you post it. If you want to wait for it to actually happen that's cool too, shouldn't be long.
ArmFarmer- October 25, 2010 at 8:17 am
Why was this posted? Let me save you some space on your website and take care of the next one for you.. "Gabe Ruedger cut from ufc because no one but his mother cares that he exists"
Get Off Me- October 25, 2010 at 8:09 am
Rock Bottom, Rock Bottom!
RwilsonR- October 25, 2010 at 8:09 am
Another cake induced injury for Gabe.
fatbellyfrank- October 25, 2010 at 8:01 am
Godzilla? Fuck, who gives out these names. How about Gabe " not worth paying much" Ruediger
Seoul Brother- October 25, 2010 at 7:56 am
Gabe had suffered carpal tunnel syndrome at the pasta bar at the Olive Garden. He's still recovering from a terminal case of "Sand in his Vagina" from getting his ass handed to him by Joe Lauzon.