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Staph Infection Pulls Robert Drysdale Out of Octagon Debut at UFC 163 [UPDATED]


(Drysdale’s most recent win, against DJ Linderman at Legacy FC 19 in April.)

The UFC’s current injury bug just sunk one of the most exciting promotional debuts of the year. As first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, jiu-jitsu phenom Robert Drysdale has been forced out of his light-heavyweight match against Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163 (August 3rd in Rio), reportedly due to a staph infection. [Ed. note: Oh God...I just let Robert swim in my pool. Fuuuuuu-.]

After racking up a laundry list of grappling titles including an Open-Division gold medal at the 2007 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships, Drysdale began competing professionally in MMA in 2010, finishing all six of his opponents by first-round submission.

No word yet on when Drysdale will be ready to return to action, or if Oliveira — who kind of dodged a bullet, here — will remain on the card against a different opponent. If any gross photos of Drysdale’s staph infection hit the Internet, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Update: According to a Tatame report, Ednaldo Oliveira will remain on the card against Nova Uniao 205′er Francimar Barosso. Barosso has a 15-3 record, with 14 of his wins by stoppage, and once head-kick KO’d a dude in five seconds.

Related: MMA Fighter/Grappling Guru Robert Drysdale Talks Training, Fighting, Judging, and Body Hair

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Gross Video of the Day: Mark Hunt Has a Gaping Hole in His Leg


(Props: FightSummary via Reddit MMA)

Over the weekend, UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt revealed that he was in the hospital to have surgery on his left leg, to address an infected hematoma stemming from his fight against Junior Dos Santos. “Right leg is fractured big toe lol and left left is infected bruise lol I’m a walking infection,” Hunt tweeted, laughing out loud twice to signify how badly injured he is.

But we had no idea exactly what shape Hunt was in until we saw this video, in which Hunt peels back some dressing/tarp-thingy to reveal a giant freaking hole in his leg. Randleman vs. Staph comes to mind. If there was ever any doubt about Hunto’s toughness, just listen to the nonchalant way he discusses how it looks like a bullet hole, and it’s a lot cleaner than it was before. Blugh. That’ll do, Mark.

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Erik Perez Out of UFC 159 With Staph Infection; Bryan Caraway to Replace Against Johnny Bedford


(Goyito and Kim Winslow: One sword-swallower short of a freak-show. / Photo via Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Seems like it’s been a while since we’ve had a good-old-fashioned staph outbreak in the world of MMA. The latest victim of the nasty bacterial infection is Erik “Goyito” Perez, the bantamweight up-and-comer who was slated to face TUF 14 vet Johnny Bedford on the UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen prelims this Saturday in Newark. Perez, who holds a 3-0 UFC record with all wins by first-round stoppage, was hospitalized over the weekend with a severe staph infection in his leg. No word yet on a timetable for Perez’s return; let’s just hope his infection hasn’t reached Randleman or McFedries levels of grossness.

Replacing Perez on less than a week’s notice is Team Alpha Male’s Bryan Caraway, who’s coming off a split-decision loss to Takeya Mizugaki at UFC on FUEL 8 in March. Miesha’s boyfriend will need to come correct against Bedford, who’s officially 2-0 in the UFC with both wins by KO/TKO. So will Caraway follow in the footsteps of his teammates’ recent success, thanks to the addition of striking coach Duane Ludwig? And will you care enough to watch it?

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UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis Hospitalized With Staph Infection


(Who caught staph from who?)

MMA Weekly reports that UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis was admitted to a Milwaukee-area hospital after it was discovered that he had a staph infection in his elbow. Pettis’s manager Mike Roberts stated that the infection isn’t expected to be serious, but “Showtime” was hospitalized as a precaution.

Pettis, who had to undergo shoulder surgery earlier this year on the same arm, is still expected to fight Donald Cerrone in potential #1 lightweight contender’s bout in January. Hopefully Pettis’s infection was caught early enough to not cause further complication. Untreated, staph infections can be life threatening. The infections are common among wrestlers and fighters, who spend lots of time on mats which can be petri dishes for bacteria and viruses.

We’ll keep you posted on Pettis’s health as developments are made public. After the jump, check out a healthy Pettis kick ass in a career highlight video.

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Aw Crap: Staph Infection Knocks Nick Newell Out of Shark Fights 19


(Come on bro, I’m trying to eat breakfast over here.)

By Nick Newell

Unfortunately due to some circumstances that are out of my control I will not be able to make my Shark Fights debut on September 10th. I have a staph infection on my face that will not heal in time to be cleared for combat. This is my first experience with staph and it couldn’t have come at any worse of a time.

Having wrestled in high school and college I am no stranger to the existence and possibility of skin infections, but I have never experienced anything like this. I always make sure to shower immediately after practice and regularly clean my gear. None of my training partners have staph so it truly is a mystery as to how I got it. I used a complementary pillow on a recent airline fight and I believe that may have been the culprit.

It all started on Saturday, August 20th. I was experiencing ear pains, my skin itched and my head was sensitive to the touch. I decide to take action and get it checked out as soon as possible. My regular doctor was away on vacation so I went to the walk-in clinic (big mistake). The doctor gave me a pill to fight infection and a cream to fight fungus. The head and ear pains went away and my skin stopped itching so bad, I was under the impression that I would be all cured in about a week. I was wrong. The entire week I avoided any contact to my face. I focused solely on cardio exercises, strength training and hitting pads. I avoided all wrestling, grappling and sparring as to not spread my infection on myself, to my partners and to allow it to properly heal.

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Disgusting Staph Infection of the Month: Kenny Florian’s Knee

Kenny Florian staph infection knee gross
(Props: twitter.com/kenny_florian)

That freakish-looking lump of flesh you see above is actually the knee of UFC lightweight contender Kenny Florian, who was checked into a Boston hospital yesterday with a particularly gnarly staph infection. From a report on Sherdog:

“Kenny had a bursa sac in his knee that popped and it got infected with staph,” said [Keith Florian], “and now he has to have intravenous antibiotics and a minor surgical procedure to scoop it out tomorrow.”
Florian also told Sherdog.com that doctors would test the material removed from the fighter’s knee to make sure they know what they are dealing with and to gauge the seriousness of the infection. Worries about MRSA — a particularly stringent strain of staphylococcus bacteria — are the reason for the extra measure…Florian should be released in two to three days after the regimen of antibiotics has been completed.

Barring unforeseen complications, Florian’s next Octagon appearance will be at the UFC’s tentatively scheduled Boston event in August. As for the theory that BJ Penn’s loss at UFC 112 could fast-track Florian to another lightweight title shot, Ken-Flo is taking things as they come: "Not sure why everyone asks me what Edgar win means for me. I don’t put fights together. I’ll fight whoever UFC gives me." Besides, the UFC already seems to be laying the groundwork for Edgar/Maynard II

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