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Frankie Edgar On Pulling Out Of UFC 130: “I Was Devastated”

It was recently announced that the highly anticipated rubber match between UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard would have to be postponed, as both men are suffering from injuries which require medical attention.

Though Edgar has described the back injury he incurred as “excruciating,” he recently explained to that he was planning on moving forward with the bout regardless of the pain.

“I knew something was wrong, but I tried to fight through it, but then the rib began popping in and out — I am sure because I was favoring my back — but it was just too much,” said Edgar.

Things soon came to a head and Edgar was forced to seek the counsel of a medical professional. When “The Answer” was told that he’d be best served sitting this one out on account of the bulging discs in his back, he was left almost distraught.

“I was devastated. I felt horrible, like I lost the fight,” he said. “It took me a couple days to start to get over it. I know I have to get the treatment and physical therapy before I can get back in there.”

At the end of the day, Edgar has reconciled with his current situation — though it is clear that he is still itching to finish his business with Maynard.

“I guess it is better that we wait and fight when we are both ready. It wouldn’t be fair to Gray or me I guess,” said Edgar. “It is better for both of us to do this when we are… healthy enough to fight.”