I ended up missing half the facebook prelims from Wednesday’s UFC on FUEL event because I forgot that 99% of all internet problems can be fixed by power cycling modems and routers. Fortunately, this was one of those rare times where the main card was actually better than the prelims.
It was kinda hard to compete though … there were only four prelims versus six main card fights, and one of those prelims ended up getting cancelled last second due to a locker room injury. Dana tweeted the above picture on the night of the fight and now Fighters Only has details on how badly Sean Loeffler managed to injure himself warming up for his fight:
“I was doing ‘tuck jumps’ backstage. My foot got caught in a crack in the warm-up mat, and it rolled over and snapped in half. Trevor Wittman and Urijah Faber were there…the whole locker room heard it pop,” he explained.
“The ankle’s not broken. It’s a 3rd degree fibula/tibia strain. There’s about a 50/50 chance I’ll have surgery, but we won’t know until after I get an MRI. I don’t know how long I’ll be out, but Joe Silva has told me that I am 100% a UFC fighter, and that I’ll be back with them.”
“I’d like to thank Dana White, Joe Silva, and the rest of the UFC for standing by me through this. They paid me my show money even though I got injured. I appreciate that so much, and I won’t forget it. And to the fans, I will be back, better than ever, as soon as possible.”
“I’m in the UFC to stay, and even though the ankle injury sucked, it shows that everything I do will always be memorable – ha!”
Loeffler has made a career of winning or losing in spectacular fashion in the first round … often in the first minute of a fight. So it’s almost fitting that he’d TKO himself before his first UFC fight even starts. Hopefully his injury doesn’t require surgery and he’s back in action for the UFC soon. Maybe next time they should wheelchair him into the arena in a full body cast and cut him out just in time to get into the cage. Just to be safe.