“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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