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Frankie Edgar Details Injury That Forced Him Out of UFC 130

UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar spoke with Mike Straka from UFC.com today and expounded on the injury that forced him to pull out of his upcoming UFC 130 rubber match with Gray Maynard. According to the Toms River, New Jersey native, reports that he suffered a rib injury in training were erroneous.

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

“The Answer” says that he was contemplating fighting through the excruciating pain to go through with his third title defense, but was told by a doctor that he shouldn’t be doing anything more than resting. Since then he says he has spent the majority of his time laying sprawled out on his back on the floor as it’s the only position that alleviates the pain and pressure on his back.

“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. I can’t even put my socks on or hold my kids, it’s pretty bad right now. I was planning on going through with the fight with the back injury. I didn’t want to postpone the bout at all. I feel like I lost the fight right now,” he says. “I’m very depressed about this whole situation. I’m sure in a couple of days I’ll realize I did the right thing by going to see a doctor. It’s not fair to myself, to Gray, it’s not fair to the fans to take a fight like this. I mean, I’m never 100 percent healthy when I step in the Octagon anyway but this is something different. I’m not even 30% right now. When it’s really inflamed, the pain is excruciating. When [the injury] happened on Saturday the drive back home from Ricardo [Almeida's gym] was the longest drive of my life.”

Although he’s disappointed the fight had to be postponed, Edgar says that the fans deserve to see him fight Maynard (who is also tending to his own training injuries) as close to 100 percent healthy as possible.

“I don’t know how long I’ll be out. I’m hoping surgery won’t be an option right now, 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,” says Edgar. “From what I hear, Gray is pretty banged up and he wasn’t having the best camp either, so maybe everything happens for a reason. I know that when I fight Gray I want him to be at his best, he wants me to be at my best and I’m sure the fans want us both at our best too.”

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China Chin- May 11, 2011 at 11:28 am
"I can't give you any solid answer." Frankie, you witty son of a bitch
mDino- May 11, 2011 at 8:52 am
@ smitty lol i was just joking anyways im sure it does hurt as much as you described
Me likey- May 11, 2011 at 4:58 am
edgar is one of my favorite fighters. mostly after his last fight with maynard. a guy who can take a beating like that in the first and not give up is tough as nails. hope he takes the same approach to his rehab.
BuckWild- May 11, 2011 at 3:17 am
Ah!!! My Ex must have had the same thing as Frankie. All she ever wanted to do was lay there too...
edhedicus- May 11, 2011 at 12:45 am
I got my bulging disc from picking up fat people from in between their shower and their toilet at 3am for the last 15 years....
Get Off Me- May 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm
@Smitty
I have been dealing with a herniated disc underneath a bulging disc on my lower spine.....sciatica is straight from hell and unless you have had it, you could never possibly understand it.
Bulging discs are not so bad, there is hope, but Frankie ain't gonna be ready in one month. Look what Thiago Silva had to do/shoot just to get back in the octagon after his fight wtih Rashad.
PERPATRAITOR- May 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm
I ran hurtles in highschool. Sometimes I'd kick the fucking shit out of them. Seagal taught me.
Oh and lol@Wilson. That's some serious position control to get bedsores that bad!
intercept440- May 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm
dont worry smittlestilkin... i also was in martial arts for half my life, intermountain kenpo karate... i went to a few tournements and stuff... wasnt even karate kid type tourney...you had to wear pads an shit and couldnt hit people in the face... so after the second one i was like fuck this..and now i just work like everyone else...ide prolly tear a tendon now if i tried a kick or something....pathetic i know...


there peeps.. you can now slam someone else besideds smitty....even though he is kind of a dicktwit sometimes haha rock on smittling
Smitty- May 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Alright........maybe that was TMI, but all true nonetheless. My point, which was somewhere mixed in my rambling I'm sure, was that the back pain Frankie is talkin about is no freakin joke. I dish out a lot of shit on here so, I guess I have to take some.......fuckers!
RwilsonR- May 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm
@ Fried Taco - funny you mention it, because I heard Gray Maynard's injury was bed sores from laying in the same position too long.
fACE7biter- May 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm
LOL @ PERPATRAITOR
I feel bad for Frankie, but it sounds like he shouldn't rush back too soon. Can't believe I'm saying this, but I wish the UFC would do interim belts again, starting with the lightweight belt. I'm tired of waiting around for injured champions. Fuck it, make Pettis Vs. Guida for an interim title, and then have the winner fight whoever gets healthy first, Edgar or Maynard.
mDino- May 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm
keep it up smitty your almost as full of it as warmachine
PERPATRAITOR- May 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Lol cagesmitty.com for more of that

I did like how he is giving us a genuine answer and explanation. Lately title holders are taking out time to rehab and it's unfair to challengers. These other injuries all sound so bullshit when fighters are like.."my finger hurts sometimes so I got surgery"-j jones "my shoulder hurts mayne!"-a beaner with a belt.
monkyspunk- May 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm
...tell us more Smitty, don't leave us hanging bro
Smitty- May 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm
I was in martial arts half my life, and was contemplating a shot of trying to prove myself in the cage once or twice. Not a serious career or anything cause, I'm too old for that, but I wanted to test myself at least once or twice. Then, I got hurt, and I've never been the same since. That was July of 08.
Smitty- May 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm
I've had 3 surgeries in the past 2 and 1/2 years for bulging discs at L2, L4, and L5. It is more pain than anyone can imagine. I also broke my back in Feb of 2008 skiing, and walked around for 6 months before I knew it was broken, and had a surgical procedure to repair it, been stabbed, and was shot in May of 1991. None of that was as painful as sciatic nerve pain from the bulging discs. They call it the "hidden illness" cause, at times you can walk around and you appear to be normal, and the next minute you're on the ground unable to move. I feel for you Frankie!
Fried Taco- May 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm
The doctor said the cause of the injury was laying on top of people for too long of a period. That's why he recommended laying on his back instead of his stomach. Then Frankie realized he probably couldn't win a fight like that, so he pulled out.
RwilsonR- May 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm
@ JMoles - I said the same thing yesterday, but someone said Dana indicated Edgar and Maynard would be taken care of.
danomite- May 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm
so what was Gray's injury? Rashaditis? They were roomies, you know. Waiting out a title shot could be an STD for all we know.
Jason Moles- May 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm
Too bad the insurance doesn't take effect until June 1st.
mDino- May 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm
so basically frankie edgar got his back blown out
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