September 12, 2008

by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It’s been nearly eight months since Alvin Robinson has stepped into a cage to fight. Make that eight long months. He’s back in training now and chomping at the bit to get back in the Octagon.

“Oh man, I can’t wait to fight again,” Robinson told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m in Arizona right now training with my coach, John Crouch.”

Robinson last saw action in January of this year, on a down note, being choked out by Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz. The loss dropped him to 1-2 in the UFC, leaving a bitter taste in his mouth, but not as bitter as the surgery that followed two months later.

The surgery was the culmination of a multitude of injuries that had accumulated over time.

“I had a torn labrum in my right hip. My LCL was torn in my (right) knee,” he recounted. “And I had a fractured left foot.”

It wasn’t the surgery or the injuries that were hardest on Robinson. Every fighter faces injury… down time… recovery. The most difficult aspect following surgery was the not knowing if he would ever fight again.

“The doctors kept telling me, just in case… they kept saying, ‘You have to be prepared that your career could be done.'”

That’s not something that a 26-year-old aspiring athlete wants to hear, but it is something that is now free from his mind.

“I had surgery in the beginning of March. I’m healed up now, back in training. Just getting back in shape,” said a relieved Robinson.

Now he’s got even more to look forward to, as he is on tap to return to Octagon, in a big way. “Looks like I’ll be fighting on that card in November (UFC 91 featuring Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar in the main event).”

There has been speculation that Robinson could be facing Mark Bocek in November, but he wasn’t so sure of that yet. “I’ve heard that Bocek might be a possibility, but I haven’t been given an opponent for sure yet. I’m just training and getting myself back into shape, waiting while my management sorts that all out.”

Regardless, for anyone that’s met Robinson, you could almost hear that ear-to-ear grin through the phone as he said, “I didn’t realize just how much I missed it. You’re going to see a completely different fighter now. I just can’t wait to get back in there and fight.”