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UFC 149 Injury Update: Urijah Faber Fought Through a Broken Rib, Cheick Kongo Had Two Jacked-Up Shoulders

In one final outburst of senseless violence, the UFC 149 Injury Curse claimed multiple victims on fight night, before receding back to the haunted ground that spawned it. We already mentioned that Tim Boetsch broke his foot during the second round of his fight against Hector Lombard, and yesterday Urijah Faber confirmed that he broke a rib during his main event meeting with Renan Barao. The California Kid tweeted out the x-ray above, writing “Congrats 2 @RenanBaraoUFC. He’s a tough dude. Broke my rib in the 1st with a great knee. Thank u 4 all the support.”

So if you were wondering why Boetsch wasn’t quite as active as you expected him to be on Saturday, or why Faber consistently looked a half-step behind his Brazilian opponent, blame the broken bones. And if you were wondering why Cheick Kongo‘s bout with Shawn Jordan turned out to be a hopelessly dull clinching-competition, there’s a similar explanation for that too…


In his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani, Kongo admits to entering the fight with two injured shoulders that gave him about a 7 or 8 on a scale of 1-10, pain-wise. (So maybe that’s why he didn’t do his traditional “chest thump thing” before the fight. It’s not your fault, Anthony.) When Helwani asks him if he wishes he’d pulled out of the fight, Kongo agrees and says “I just tried to be there just for the fans” — which is admirable, in theory.

Though Kongo apologized for his performance, he did have something to say to the Calgary fans who booed the fight: ”They don’t know what’s going on, what’s happened. Everybody thinks the fight is really easy to do…if they got to fight in the same condition like I am today, honestly, they [would] cry or just pass out.”

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Laruss0- July 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm
@ Ninja

Faber looked sluggish through 5 rounds for no apparent reason. Only there was a reason, wasn't obvious during the fight so he's just letting fans know what's up. Difference between him simply explaining and making excuses like you're implying
knucklesamitch- July 24, 2012 at 6:23 am

I'm no Faber fan, in fact, I like to refer to him as the new Kenny Florian, but at least he can back up his injury excuse with an x-ray that confirms an real injury. Most fighters would just say they were injured and leave it at that, sounding like a cry baby excuse maker.
NinjaVanish- July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm
I noticed everytime that Urijah Faber loses, We get the standard "Tweet your xray to verify injury." What about the X-rays of his neck for choking on so many title fights?
Dizzylittlelord- July 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm
fuck off kongo, everyone fights injured and all your fights have been boring apart from the pat barry fight.if it was that bad then pull out.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm
I'm not sure but sometimes it appears as if he may have.
Fried Taco- July 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Seriously, Cheick? Haven't you heard of TRT yet?
Mr_Misanthropy- July 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Teah, but how were the rest of Cheick's shoulders?