UFC lightweight fighter Gabe “Godzilla” Ruediger recently took to his official website to inform fans and the viewing public that he has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 123 bout with Paul Kelly due to a torn groin.
“Ive been training with injuries for this whole camp and Ive been trying to just work around them,” Ruediger writes. “One injury that has been giving me daily issues was a groin strain. This happened about 3 weeks ago wrestling. I was wrapping it and just enduring the pain, but Wednesday, I was back to wrestling and my groin tore all the way through. As I laid on the mat I knew it was bad, but it wasnt until Friday that I realized that it would be impossible to be ready for my upcoming bout.”
Ruediger was invited back to the UFC this past August for the first time since an infamous 2007 stint on The Ultimate Fighter season 5 saw him kicked off of the show and, presumably, out of the promotion forever. Ruediger stepped up on late notice to take on his TUF 5 rival Joe Lauzon and was thoroughly beaten down and finished within the first round. Rewarding him for taking a fight for them at the last minute, the UFC granted Ruediger at least one more shot in the UFC; a shot that Ruediger says he will make good on once he recovers.
“Leading up to this injury, I was training very hard and felt very confident that I would be well prepared for my bout against a tough Paul Kelly,” he said. “I was motivated to come out and have a great performance after my last lack luster one. The fact that the UFC gave me another chance was apprecaited and I wanted to make the most of it. Now, I will just rest, deal with the frustration and disappointment, heal up and get back to work. Im hoping with proper rehab to be back as soon as possible.”
UFC 123 is scheduled to take place this November 20th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan and will be headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson taking on Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida. BJ Penn and Matt Hughes will appear on the card in a high-profile rubber match.