by Mick Hammond (Photo by April Pishna)
MMA Weekly has learned that Tony “The Freak” Fryklund is out of this Saturday’s IFC “Rock ‘n Rumble” show in Reno, Nevada. Apparently Fryklund had sustained an eye injury that, according to Fryklund’s trainer and Striking Unlimited business partner Ken Hahn, only became apparent at a doctor’s examination.
“Tony has a torn retina,” said Hahn. “It’s not something you can see with the naked eye, we only found out about it when Tony went to the doctor today [Thursday]. So Tony won’t be fighting in Reno this weekend.”
From what Hahn said to MMA Weekly, Fryklund’s tear should heal within the week and he should still be able to be at K-1’s open tryouts in August as well as compete on the FFC card slated for September 14th in Las Vegas.
Currently it’s not known when Fryklund’s injury occurred, but Hahn didn’t rule out the possibility of it happening when Fryklund trained with former undisputed World Middleweight Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, who recently lost a controversial decision to Jermain Taylor.
“Tony was training with Bernard Hopkins before his fight,” stated Hahn. “But I don’t know if that’s when he hurt his eye.”
Replacing Fryklund on the Reno card will be Roger Huerta, a fast rising young fighter who trains with Dave Menne. Huerta normally competes at 155 pounds, but due to the late notice, he will be stepping up to welterweight for the bout.
Fryklund had been hoping to make a successful return to MMA action after suffering an injury in his last bout resulting in a loss to Jonathon Goulet at TKO 20 this past April. That fight had been Fryklund’s first at 170 pounds after spending the majority of his career at 185 pounds.