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Bulging Discs, Not Broken Ribs, Forced Frankie Edgar Out Of UFC 130 Main Event

“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. 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. 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. 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 it happened on Saturday the drive back home from Ricardo’s was the longest drive of my life.”

— UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar revealing to UFC.com why he pulled out of his title defense against Gray Maynard at UFC 130

Well, that definitely sounds like a legitimate reason to pull out of a title fight. Edgar added that he isn’t sure how long he’ll be out, but feels it probably happened for a reason since Gray Maynard pulled out with injuries of his own.

Dana White mentioned yesterday that he hopes to have them both back for a title fight in August or September, but after hearing Edgar describe the injury, that timeline sounds pretty optimistic.

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