Heading into tonight's UFC 164 we've got a number of fighters with a remarkable variety of injuries in their history. Here's a quick run through of what we know:
Cedenblad's last fight was at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in April 2012. He was pulled from his scheduled UFC on FOX 6 bout against Rafael Natal. The cause was listed as
shoulder injury knee injury cataracts! The 31-year-old Magnus was understandably stunned with this finding, which occurred just days before the scheduled Fox 6 event. In a recent interview with the Swedish tabloid Expressen he noted that the problem with cataracts "is resolved and it was never a problem." No confirmation as to whether or not he had surgery to correct this condition. Cedenblad will fight Jared Hamman on the Facebook preliminary card tonight.
UFC lightweight fighter Al Iaquinta has not entered the Octagon since his TUF 15 finale loss to Michael Chiesa in June of 2012. He pulled out of a scheduled fight in April vs. Joe Proctor due to a knee injury, which apparently did not require surgery. However, Al did have knee surgery in July of 2012 to repair what he described as "torn cartilage". Iaquinta faces Ryan Couture in the Facebook prelims tonight.
Krauss last fought in January at UFC on FOX 6, earning a decision win over Mike Stumpf. Prior to that fight, he withdrew from a scheduled September 2012 bout with Gunnar Nelson at UFC on Fuel TV 5 due to a training injury. Krauss took a knee to the ribs, and suffered bruised ribs, an inflamed chest muscle and a dislocated vertebra. In an interview with Sherdog.com soon after the injury, Pascal said "I can't laugh, can't cough, can't talk loudly or sleep without waking up at least 10 times at night." Krauss squares off with Hyun Gyu Lim in the FOX Sports 1 prelims of tonight's UFC 164 card.
Louis is coming off a 16 month absence from the Octagon. His last fight was a win over John Lineker at UFC on Fox 3. He has been recovering from two separate injuries, but has not divulged the nature of either injury. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie.com Radio, Gaudinot said "I could have had surgery and stuff, but I decided to take the rehab route and possibly take a little bit longer." Gaudinot will fight Tim Elliott in a FOX Sports 1 prelim bout tonight.
Elliott earns the face-palm injury award for tonight's fight card. His last fight was in December 2012 at the TUF 16 finale. After this fight, he broke his clavicle (collar bone) in a snowboarding accident. In a recent interview with Bloody Elbow Radio, Elliott gave some details on how he treated his injury.
"The problem I was having when I first got injured was I kept going back into the gym without giving it any time to heal or taking any time off. I kept re-injuring myself... I definitely wasn't doing it right initially. I would just saran wrap my arm to my side and go out there and practice one-handed. I was wrestling, grappling, I was still striking."
Yeah. He used plastic wrap to immobilize his arm. And he continued training. Face-palm. I wonder if he realized what could have been injured had the fracture become displaced? A major artery and vein, as well as all of the nerves to the arm pass just under the clavicle. Elliott and Louis Gaudinot will do battle tonight in a bout to be aired on the FOX Sports 1 prelims.
Vera has not entered the cage since August of 2012, when he was defeated by Mauricio Rua at UFC on Fox 4. He sustained a fractured hand in that fight. After the fracture healed, he returned to training and injured his knee (medial collateral ligament). Neither injury apparently required surgery. Vera will face Ben Rothwell on the UFC 164 main card.
Guida makes his first appearance inside the Octagon since his win over Hatsu Hioki at UFC on FOX 6 in January. He suffered an undisclosed injury that resulted in his withdrawal from a scheduled bout with Chad Mendes at April's UFC on FOX 7. Tonight, Guida will finally get his shot at Mendes, as the two face off on the UFC 164 main card.
Here's what happened in the first :30...still threw it though. Of course that might not have so wise LOL. http://t.co/KTMBSoTg— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) May 20, 2012
Barnett will face Frank Mir in a heavyweight battle on tonight's pay-per-view main card.
Pettis suffered a torn meniscus that caused him to withdraw from his scheduled fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 163 on August 3rd. He did not require surgery for the injury, and Pettis began lobbying for a fight with Benson Henderson, even though Henderson at the time was scheduled to battle T.J. Grant. Grant's concussion injury opened the door for Pettis to fight Henderson at UFC 164, and the two lightweight fighters will square off in tonight's main event.