Gabe Ruediger will have to wait a little while longer to find redemption from his last performance in the UFC, as the former “Ultimate Fighter” competitor has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 123 fight against Paul Kelly due to a torn groin muscle.
Ruediger made the announcement via his personal website www.gabegodzilla.com on Sunday evening.
“I’ve been training with injuries for this whole camp and I’ve been trying to just work around them. One injury that has been giving me daily issues was a groin strain,” Ruediger said. “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 wasn’t until Friday that I realized that it would be impossible to be ready for my upcoming bout.”
Ruediger hadn’t fought in the Octagon since his exit during season 5 of the “Ultimate Fighter” in a weight cutting fiasco. The California based fighter then went on a solid winning streak which earned him a call from the UFC to step up on short notice to face Joe Lauzon in his hometown of Boston for UFC 118 in August.
The fight didn’t go Ruediger’s way, but the UFC gave him a second chance to come back and prove himself, but he’ll have to wait now because of the injury.
“The fact that the UFC gave me another chance was appreciated and I wanted to make the most of it,” Ruediger commented. “Now, I will just rest, deal with the frustration and disappointment, heal up and get back to work. I’m hoping with proper rehab to be back as soon as possible.”
The UFC has made no official announcement about Ruediger’s withdraw from the fight, but with over three weeks to go until the UFC 123 event in Detroit, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva will likely find a replacement to face Paul Kelly on the card.